verb (used with object)
Origin of wreak
Examples from the Web for wreaks
As long as the regime shells at will and wreaks havoc on the area, rebel control is only partial.
If so, a disaster would happen as Gaddafi wreaks revenge on his own people.
Purchased by a wealthy, unhappy, and clueless suburban couple, this self-possessed Emily wreaks sexually charged havoc.
Parkinson's wreaks havoc by affecting nerve cells in the brain that make the neurotransmitter called dopamine.
But the king, child of a social order that wreaks itself on particularizations, returned to his quest for a certain recounting.Romance Island|Zona Gale
How dreadful are its torments, when it wreaks all its anger upon the guilty!Sermons of Christmas Evans|Joseph Cross
Thackeray, writing of his snobs, wreaks himself upon a child; there is no worse snob than his snob-child.The Children|Alice Meynell
He is actuated in many cases by sheer evil that wreaks itself upon anyone in range.The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction|Dorothy Scarborough
La colpa seguira la parte offensa / In grido, como suol—Blame, as is wont, wreaks its rage on those who suffer wrong.
British Dictionary definitions for wreaks
Word Origin for wreak
Word Origin and History for wreaks
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.