Scourge

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Used to describe serious, harmful situations or events, usually beyond human control. SlideFloods are a scourge that can displace thousands.
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Emphasizes the extreme negative impact of a situation, often more intense than synonyms. SlideThe scourge of illiteracy affects economic development.