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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section IV. Moral Affections
5. Institutions

975. [Instrument of Punishment.] Scourge.

   NOUN:SCOURGE, whip, lash, strap, thong, cowhide, knout, cat, cat-o’-nine-tails; rope’s end; azote [Sp. Am.], black-snake, bullwhack [U. S.], kurbash [Turk.], chabuk [Hind.], quirt, rawhide, sjambok [S. Africa].
  ROD, cane, stick, rattan or ratan, birch, birch rod; rod in pickle; switch, ferule, cudgel, truncheon.
  [VARIOUS INSTRUMENTS] pillory, stocks, whipping post; cucking stool, ducking stool, brank, trebuchet or trebucket; triangle, wooden horse, maiden; thumbscrew, boot, rack, wheel, iron heel; treadmill, crank, galleys; bed of Procrustes.
  scaffold; block, ax, guillotine; stake; cross, gallows, gibbet, tree, drop; noose, rope, halter, bowstring; death chair, electric chair; mecate [Sp.].
  PRISON, house of correction [See Prison]; jailer or gaoler.
  EXECUTIONER; electrocutioner; lyncher, garro er or garrotter, torturer; headsman, hangman, topsman or topping cove [slang], Jack Ketch.
  MALEFACTOR, criminal, culprit, felon, evildoer, misdemeanant; victim, gallowsbird [slang], Jack Ketch’s pippin [old slang].
  1. Be ready, gods, with all your thunderbolts; Dash him to pieces.—Julius Cæsar
  2. Nature knows best, and she says, roar!—Edgeworth
  3. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.—Bible