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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.

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.
Translations of “scourge”
in Spanish flagelo, castigo, calamidad…
in French fléau…
in German die Geißel…
in Chinese (Traditional) 禍害,禍根, 麻煩製造者…
in Chinese (Simplified) 祸害,祸根, 麻烦制造者…
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