verb (used with object)
Origin of wreak
Examples from the Web for wreaked
In the later stages of the war, the American-made Stinger missile was introduced and wreaked havoc among the Soviet helicopters.
Boring from within, they have wreaked far greater damage on Washington than any Confederate victories.The South Has Indeed Risen Again and It’s Called the Tea Party|Jack Schwartz|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
God only knows what kind of havoc he would have wreaked had he kept shimmying his way up the political pole.Paul Ryan Aide Charged With Stalking, Harassing Women for Nude Photos|Michelle Cottle|April 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Mexican military counterattacked, and Apaches wreaked bloody vengeance.The Bin Laden of His Day? A New Biography of Geronimo|Marc Wortman|December 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
After all, they say, it was the Northern states that once wreaked havoc and destruction on Louisiana during the Civil War.
That same Frenchman a little later, having repaired his vessel, wreaked his revenge upon Havana.The History of Cuba, vol. 1|Willis Fletcher Johnson
For this reason they wreaked their vengeance on the city, and put to death all their captives, men and women, old and young alike.Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)|Plutarch
Oh, but they wreaked their vengeance that night on the houses of the poor Irish in Manchester!The Wearing of the Green|A.M. Sullivan
But fortune eventually favoring him, he wreaked the heaviest vengeance on the heads of his antagonists.Monks, Popes, and their Political Intrigues|John Alberger
Vengeance can still be wreaked—forgiveness may still be won.Cleopatra|H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for wreaked
Word Origin for wreak
Word Origin and History for wreaked
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.