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    I'm puzzled

    [Following earlier writers like William Penn (Essay towards the Present and Future Peace of Europe, 1693) and the Abbé de Saint Pierre (Perpetual Peace, 1712), philosophers such as Rousseau (Jugement sur la Paix Perpétuelle, 1782) and Kant (On Eternal Peace, 1795) seriously contemplated the possibility of ridding mankind of this scourge.]

    Greetings! Could someone help me please with explaining the meaning of the following word in this context. I've looked up several dictionaries but still did not manage to understand.
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    Re: I'm puzzled

    I am not a teacher.

    If you've looked the word up you'll know that it isn't referring to a whip, but to 'A person or thing that causes great trouble or suffering' oxforddictionaries.com

    The scourge in question must have been mentioned earlier, probably in the preceding sentence.

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    Thank you for your respond. The preceding sentence was [Some hoped the application of reason to politics would eliminate war itself. Following earlier...]. But still, I cannot construct a wholly meaningful unit in my head. Might it be in the meaning of "to control the mankind of this kind"?

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    War. War is the scourge.

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    Alright, but how does it work with the phrase "ridding mankind of this kind"?How could you paraphrase it?

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    "Ridding mankind of this scourge" is what you originally quoted.

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    Getting rid of war, which is a curse for humankind.

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