n. whip used to inflict punishment; severe punishment
They feared the plague and regarded it as a deadly scourge.
Sentence in Classic:
But in a fatal moment, yielding to those propensities and passions, the indulgence of which had so long rendered him a scourge to society, he had quitted his haven of rest and repentance, and had come back to the country where he was proscribed.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Context
Against this scourge, the nobles, lacking other defence, set themselves to favour Sylla, and placing him at the head of their faction, entered on the civil wars; wherein, after much blood had been spilt, and after many changes of fortune, they got the better of their adversaries.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli Context
On you it rests, whether I quit forever the neighbourhood of man and lead a harmless life, or become the scourge of your fellow creatures and the author of your own speedy ruin.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley Context
The scourge of war had been followed by the worse scourge of Reconstruction, but the two men had agreed not to mention the more alarming details when they discussed the situation at home.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
Straightway avenging Tisiphone, girt with her scourge, tramples down the shivering sinners, menaces them with the grim snakes in her left hand, and summons forth her sisters in merciless train.