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scourge

noun [C usually singular]     /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
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