scourge Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"scourge" in British English

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scourgenoun [C usually singular]

uk   /skɜːdʒ/  us   /skɝːdʒ/
something or someone that ​causesgreatsuffering or a lot of ​trouble: the scourge ofwar/​poverty/​drugs Pop-up ​ads have been ​described as the scourge of the Internet.

scourgeverb [T]

uk   /skɜːdʒ/  us   /skɝːdʒ/
to ​causegreatsuffering or a lot of ​trouble: The ​country has been scourged by (= has ​suffered very much because of)famine in ​recentyears.
(Definition of scourge from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scourgenoun [C]

 us   /skɜrdʒ/
someone or something that ​causesharm, ​evil, or ​destruction: Smallpox, that scourge of ​previousgenerations, now is ​effectivelyextinct.
(Definition of scourge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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