First, let me make it clear that English is not my primary language; I'm Brazilian and I speak Portuguese.
I'm reading an RPG book ("Heroes of the Fallen Lands") and I crossed the verb scour being used in many ways that I didn't quite understand. I assume the meanings are similar, but I can't put my finger in it.
- You lead the fight (...) scouring them with the divine energy.
- You call forth a mote of divine light that reveals and scours your foes.
- Unleashing a burst of the divine radiance that scoured the primordials (...)
- Drawing on the power of elemental cold lets you scour your foes.
I assume all of those meant some kind of damage, but I can't understand how it is meant to be damaging. What would be the meaning of the verb in those sentences? If possible, please give some synonyms applicable to this case or even rewrite the sentences.
EDIT: After at least 4 downvotes I discovered that being concise is not a good thing here. I checked Merriam-Webster, Google Dictionary, AudioEnglish, TheFreeDictionary, Oxford, Michaelis, Longman, and some other pocket dictionaries that I've used over the years.
The main meanings that I found was rubbing or scrubbing something, not quite right since energy, light, radiance and cold aren't tangible things (at least not at first). So neither of those would apply.
Some more obscure meaning that I found was to clear some place of outlaws or of something bad or unjust. That also doesn't apply to all 4 cases I brought, maybe to the first. On the context its clear that the light, radiance, and cold doesn't get rid of anything.
That I thought about something purifying something, maybe in the sense of purging. But again, only in the first sentence this meaning would apply.
Lastly, I thought scour also could meant rinse or washing something with lots of water (or other liquid). This could actually be a fit. Energy, light, radiance and cold can indeed wash over an area or over something. But it didn't seemed to be a usual way for this verb to be used and even more, be used FOUR times and many places of a book. Also, all the sentences can have the implication of some pain being inflicted, maybe by burning (cold and radiance burn).
So I came here to find out if that could be the case, and what could a English speaker make from the sentences on a first read. That was also one of the motives I didn't brought any of the meanings I found, I wanted to have a first impression from a reader, not biasing them to any meaning.
Again, pardon my conciseness...