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noun as in plague, torment

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By 1900, smallpox was no longer quite as much of a scourge in the world’s richest countries.

From Vox

Researchers have known all along that vaccines can rapidly turn infectious diseases from scourges to bad memories.

Opponents of the industry say vacation rentals are the scourge of San Diego, destroying neighborhoods and taking away housing stock.

He’d lost a close friend to the scourge—that friend had gone to the hospital for routine surgery and died of a superbug he’d acquired while there.

From Fortune

Tuberculosis has been a scourge, but fewer than 10% of people infected with it even get sick.

The U.K. tabloids, as is their wont, have branded her “shameless,” “sordid,” and “the scourge of society.”

After Ferguson, we all must renew our efforts to eliminate the scourge of racism from American life.

Another huge impetus behind the movement to legalize sex work is the current focus on ending the scourge of sex trafficking.

Settling over wilderness areas everywhere, like a deadly fog, is the scourge of our time: global warming.

The disease remains a global scourge despite rapid advances in providing insecticide nets and spraying homes, mostly with DDT.

Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue; neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

The Iffluenza appears to become endemic here, but it has always been a scourge in the islands.

Yet again, however, was their faith to be sorely tried by the terrible scourge—war.

Thus he is the scourge of every country he inhabits; and of the appearance of man or his weapons, he is fearless.

If we compare these prices with those of 1670, we shall see that war had proved here as everywhere a great scourge.


On this page you'll find 91 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to scourge, such as: curse, pest, terror, affliction, bane, and correction.

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