Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something that is scoured off or disposed of; refuse. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A person regarded as fallen from society; an outcast. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. refuse removed from something by scouring
  • n. An outcast, a pariah.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is scoured off; hence, refuse; rejected matter; that which is vile or despised.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which is scoured off; hence, rejected matter; refuse; that which is vile or despised.

Etymologies

From off- +‎ scouring. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Officers desirous of Fame), but the "offscouring" & rabble of the land -- men who have nothing at stake, not even their own lives we might say, since they care so little for anything.

    Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Father and His Youngest Sister, 1857-78

  • But those who consider worldly pomp a mere offscouring and all under the sun mere nothingness if only they may win Christ, those who are dead with Christ, have risen with Him and have crucified the flesh with its vices and concupiscences - they will echo the words: "Who shall separate us from the charity of Christ?"

    The Death of St Jerome

  • We are weak . . . we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things See 1 Corinthians 4:9-16.

    Ss. Peter and Paul, June 29

  • Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • Hilgenfeld's text, if we give a somewhat peculiar meaning to ellipein, may be translated: "but as it is becoming in one who loves you not to fail in giving you what we have, I, though the very offscouring of you, have been eager to write to you."

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place; and labor, working with our own hands: Acts 18.3 being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

    1 Corinthians 4.

  • Whatsoever work God hath to do by his, they are looked upon as the offscouring of all things, -- such a company as those who are of gallant minds and spirits do despise.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • To be dealt withal as a vile person, as the offscouring of all things, as the "filth and dung of the city"

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • Was it not as an offscouring to many particular persons among them in the late murmuring for pre-eminence against those whom the Lord hath chosen?

    The Sermons of John Owen

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