Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A source of widespread dreadful affliction and devastation such as that caused by pestilence or war.
  • noun A means of inflicting severe suffering, vengeance, or punishment.
  • noun A small whip used to inflict punishment.
  • transitive verb To afflict with severe or widespread suffering and devastation; ravage.
  • transitive verb To chastise severely; excoriate.
  • transitive verb To flog.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A whip for the infliction of pain or punishment; a lash. See flagellum, 1.
  • noun A punishment; a punitive affliction; any means of inflicting punishment. vengeance, or suffering.
  • noun One who or that which greatly afflicts, harasses, or destroys.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A lash; a strap or cord; especially, a lash used to inflict pain or punishment; an instrument of punishment or discipline; a whip.
  • noun Hence, a means of inflicting punishment, vengeance, or suffering; an infliction of affliction; a punishment.
  • transitive verb To whip severely; to lash.
  • transitive verb To punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict, as for sins or faults, and with the purpose of correction.
  • transitive verb To harass or afflict severely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable A persistent pest, illness, or source of trouble, (figurative) cause of suffering to people.
  • noun A whip often of leather.
  • verb To strike with a scourge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
  • verb punish severely; excoriate
  • noun something causing misery or death
  • verb whip
  • noun a person who inspires fear or dread
  • noun a whip used to inflict punishment (often used for pedantic humor)

Etymologies

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

[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).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French escorgier ("to whip"), from Vulgar Latin excorrigere, consisting of ex- + Latin corrigo

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  • Rodrigo used this word when he was upset about Juan's death.

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