—n. 1. a whip or lash, esp. for the infliction of punishment or torture.
2. a person or thing that applies or administers punishment or severe criticism.
3. a cause of affliction or calamity: Disease and famine are scourges of humanity.
—v.t. 1. to whip with a scourge; lash.
2. to punish, chastise, or criticize severely.