"scourges" in the noun sense
1. scourge, flagellum
a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)
2. bane, curse, scourge, nemesis
something causing misery or death
"the bane of my life"
3. terror, scourge, threat
a person who inspires fear or dread
"he was the terror of the neighborhood"
"scourges" in the verb sense
punish severely excoriate
2. flagellate, scourge
"The religious fanatics flagellated themselves"
3. lay waste to, waste, devastate, desolate, ravage, scourge
cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
"The enemy lay waste to the countryside after the invasion"
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