verb (used with object)
Origin of wreak
Examples from the Web for wreaking
Earlier that day, officials say, Stone went on a bloody rampage killing six of his kin and wreaking havoc in three small towns.
Brazilians may be famous for their beach bodies, but new wealth is wreaking havoc on their waistlines.Meet the Chef Fighting to Ensure That Brazilians Will Never Be as Fat as Americans|Brandon Presser|June 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most of those drawn to both groups feel passionately that large forces beyond their control are wreaking havoc on their lives.Government Shutdown Melodrama Won’t Matter on Election Day 2016|Stuart Stevens|September 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Wreaking havock by waging ideological warfare is neither the way to win elections nor something our party should desire.
But in fact the gun laws as currently enforced are stunningly lax and are wreaking havoc in Mexico.
It must have been for the purpose of wreaking some injury on Merriwell as he slept.Frank Merriwell's New Comedian|Burt L. Standish
After a while she drew his gaze again, imperiously—herself all unaware of the havoc she was wreaking on his temperament.The Black Bag|Louis Joseph Vance
With her waxing strength her desire of vengeance would grow, and together with it the means of wreaking it.The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference|Emile Joseph Dillon
To-morrow the whole world would laugh at her, and she was without means of wreaking vengeance.The Puppet Crown|Harold MacGrath
Who or what could restrain an infuriated populace from wreaking their vengeance on the traitor?The Daltons, Volume II (of II)|Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for wreaking
Word Origin for wreak
Word Origin and History for wreaking
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.