scourge

Definitions:

A lash; an instrument of punishment or discipline; any severe national affliction or visitation, as a famine or a plague; the person or thing that afflicts.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
To whip severely; grieve or torment.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
To flog; punish.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
To whip severely: to punish in order to correct.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
A whip of thongs; an instrument of punishment; a punishment; means of affliction or punishment; any continued evil or calamity.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)
To whip severely; to punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict greatly.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (verb) (v.) (verb)
A whip used to inflict punishment; a means to inflict punishment or cause suffering; hence, severe punishment; a cause of affliction; as, the scourge of Spanish influenza.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
A whip made of leather thongs: an instrument of punishment: a punishment: means of punishment.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)
A heavy whip; punishment.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (noun) (n.) (noun)
To punish with severity; to lash; to chastise; to afflict greatly.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (verb) (v.) (verb)
SCOURGER.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)

Usage examples:

That dreadful scourge also, the plague, is a frequent visitor.
- Old Jack by W.H.G. Kingston
But the image he set up before whom to scourge himself was Jehane Saint- Pol, that pure cold saint, offering up her proud body for his needs; and so sure as he did that he desired her, and so sure as he desired he raged that he had been robbed.
- The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay by Maurice Hewlett
He thought as he worked of this terrible scourge of infancy, producing one- third of all the blindness in the world.
- The Story of a Doctor's Telephone--Told by His Wife by Ellen M. Firebaugh