from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A source of widespread dreadful affliction and devastation such as that caused by pestilence or war.
- n. A means of inflicting severe suffering, vengeance, or punishment.
- n. A whip used to inflict punishment.
- transitive v. To afflict with severe or widespread suffering and devastation; ravage.
- transitive v. To chastise severely; excoriate.
- transitive v. To flog.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A persistent pest, illness, or source of trouble, (figurative) cause of suffering to people.
- n. A whip often of leather.
- v. To strike with a scourge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lash; a strap or cord; especially, a lash used to inflict pain or punishment; an instrument of punishment or discipline; a whip.
- n. Hence, a means of inflicting punishment, vengeance, or suffering; an infliction of affliction; a punishment.
- transitive v. To whip severely; to lash.
- transitive v. To punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict, as for sins or faults, and with the purpose of correction.
- transitive v. To harass or afflict severely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A whip for the infliction of pain or punishment; a lash. See flagellum, 1.
- n. A punishment; a punitive affliction; any means of inflicting punishment. vengeance, or suffering.
- n. One who or that which greatly afflicts, harasses, or destroys.
- To whip with a scourge; lash; apply the scourge to.
- To punish with severity; chastise or correct; afflict for sins or faults, and for the purpose of correction.
- To afflict greatly; harass; torment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
- v. punish severely; excoriate
- n. something causing misery or death
- v. whip
- n. a person who inspires fear or dread
- n. a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman escorge, from Old French escorgier, to whip, from Vulgar Latin *excorrigiāre : Latin ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + Latin corrigia, thong (probably of Celtic origin).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French escorgier ("to whip"), from Vulgar Latin excorrigere, consisting of ex- + Latin corrigo (Wiktionary)