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1. A source of widespread dreadful affliction and devastation such as that caused by pestilence or war.
2. A means of inflicting severe suffering, vengeance, or punishment.
3. A small whip used to inflict punishment.
tr.v. scourged, scourg·ing, scourg·es
1. To afflict with severe or widespread suffering and devastation; ravage.
2. To chastise severely; excoriate.
3. To flog.

[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).]

scourg′er n.
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Noun1.scourger - a torturer who flogs or scourges (especially an official whose duty is to whip offenders)
torturer - someone who inflicts severe physical pain (usually for punishment or coercion)
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After receiving their grisly observations he concluded that floggings were sufficiently severe and where cases of leniency had occurred they were due to negligence or possibly corruption of the scourger.
We see the scourger and the scourging, but we are not invited to revel in their mastery over their victim as we are in television programs like "The Sopranos.
He asked McCleay for any specific instructions, for constables' staffs for his two constables and whether he needed a scourger.