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English definition of “scourge”

scourge

noun [C usually singular] uk   /skɜːdʒ/ us    /skɝːdʒ/
something or someone that causes great suffering or a lot of trouble: the scourge of war AIDS has been described as the scourge of the modern world.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding

scourge

verb [T] uk   /skɜːdʒ/ us    /skɝːdʒ/
to cause great suffering or a lot of trouble: The country has been scourged by (= has suffered very much because of) famine in recent years.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
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