verb (used with object)
- wrath, cape,
- wreak havoc,
- wreathed column,
Origin of wreak
Examples from the Web for wreak
The mother also made a plea to the violent ones who wreak such havoc.11 Children Shot in Milwaukee, One in Her Grandpa's Lap|Michael Daly|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They eat more than 500 kinds of plants and could wreak havoc if released into the North American environment.
Daniel Gross on how the shutdown could wreak havoc on a key part of the U.S. economy.Tourism Is a Big Deal, and the Shutdown Will Ruin It|Daniel Gross|October 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Why didn't God empower the Israelites to wreak vengeance on their enemies who were evil people?
This summer's punishing heat wave could wreak havoc on grocery bills.
The sole object of this vindictive creatures life appears now to have been to wreak vengeance upon me.
Now John is ready to join them, if only to wreak vengeance on Oberthal.The Complete Opera Book|Gustav Kobb
Ahithophel especially134 nursed his vengeance in secret, and only awaited an opportunity to wreak it on the king.History of the Jews, Vol. I (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
And if you wish to marry me, it will be with no promise of mine save to wreak it upon you!Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
Even now the outraged populace approaches, to wreak a hawful vengeance upon your guilty 'ed!
Word Origin for wreak
Old English wrecan "avenge," originally "to drive, drive out, punish" (class V strong verb; past tense wræc, past participle wrecen), from Proto-Germanic *wrekanan (cf. Old Saxon wrekan, Old Norse reka, Old Frisian wreka, Middle Dutch wreken "to drive, push, compel, pursue, throw," Old High German rehhan, German rächen "to avenge," Gothic wrikan "to persecute"), from PIE root *werg- "to work, to do" (cf. Lithuanian vergas "distress," vergas "slave;" Old Church Slavonic vragu "enemy;" Latin urgere; see urge (v.)). Meaning "inflict or take vengeance," with on, is recorded from late 15c.; that of "inflict or cause (damage or destruction)" is attested from 1817.