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SCOURGE (Ital. scoriada, from Lat. ex...

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 476 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SCOURGE (Ital. scoriada, from Lat. excoriare, to flay, corium, skin), a whip or lash, especially one used for the infliction of punishment. The typical scourge (Lat. flagellum) has severalthongs or lashes attached to a single handle, as in the modern " cat-o'-nine-tails." The scourge or flail, and the crook, are the two symbols of power and domination depicted in the hands of Osiris in ancient Egyptian monuments; these show the unchanging form of the instrument throughout the ages.
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