wreak


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wreak

 (rēk)
tr.v. wreaked, wreak·ing, wreaks
1. To bring about (damage or destruction, for example): wreak havoc.
2. To inflict (vengeance or punishment) upon a person.
3. To give vent to or act upon (one's feelings): "He sought for some excuse to wreak his hatred upon Tarzan" (Edgar Rice Burroughs).
4. Archaic To take vengeance for; avenge.

[Middle English wreken, from Old English wrecan.]
Usage Note: Wreak is sometimes confused with wreck, perhaps because the wreaking of damage may leave a wreck: The storm wreaked (not wrecked ) havoc along the coast. The past tense and past participle of wreak is wreaked, not wrought, which is an alternative past tense and past participle of work.

wreak

(riːk)
vb (tr)
1. to inflict (vengeance, etc) or to cause (chaos, etc): to wreak havoc on the enemy.
2. to express, or gratify (anger, hatred, etc)
3. archaic to take vengeance for
[Old English wrecan; related to Old Frisian wreka, Old High German rehhan (German rächen), Old Norse reka, Latin urgēre to push]
ˈwreaker n
Usage: See at wrought

wreak

(rik)

v.t
1. to inflict or execute (punishment, vengeance, etc.): to wreak havoc on the enemy.
2. to carry out the promptings of (one's rage, ill humor, etc.), as on a victim or object: to wreak one's anger on subordinates.
[before 900; Middle English wreken, Old English wrecan to avenge, c. Old Saxon wrekan, Old High German rehhan, Old Norse reka to drive, avenge, Gothic wrikan to persecute]
wreak′er, n.

wreak


Past participle: wreaked
Gerund: wreaking

Imperative
wreak
wreak
Present
I wreak
you wreak
he/she/it wreaks
we wreak
you wreak
they wreak
Preterite
I wreaked
you wreaked
he/she/it wreaked
we wreaked
you wreaked
they wreaked
Present Continuous
I am wreaking
you are wreaking
he/she/it is wreaking
we are wreaking
you are wreaking
they are wreaking
Present Perfect
I have wreaked
you have wreaked
he/she/it has wreaked
we have wreaked
you have wreaked
they have wreaked
Past Continuous
I was wreaking
you were wreaking
he/she/it was wreaking
we were wreaking
you were wreaking
they were wreaking
Past Perfect
I had wreaked
you had wreaked
he/she/it had wreaked
we had wreaked
you had wreaked
they had wreaked
Future
I will wreak
you will wreak
he/she/it will wreak
we will wreak
you will wreak
they will wreak
Future Perfect
I will have wreaked
you will have wreaked
he/she/it will have wreaked
we will have wreaked
you will have wreaked
they will have wreaked
Future Continuous
I will be wreaking
you will be wreaking
he/she/it will be wreaking
we will be wreaking
you will be wreaking
they will be wreaking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wreaking
you have been wreaking
he/she/it has been wreaking
we have been wreaking
you have been wreaking
they have been wreaking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wreaking
you will have been wreaking
he/she/it will have been wreaking
we will have been wreaking
you will have been wreaking
they will have been wreaking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wreaking
you had been wreaking
he/she/it had been wreaking
we had been wreaking
you had been wreaking
they had been wreaking
Conditional
I would wreak
you would wreak
he/she/it would wreak
we would wreak
you would wreak
they would wreak
Past Conditional
I would have wreaked
you would have wreaked
he/she/it would have wreaked
we would have wreaked
you would have wreaked
they would have wreaked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.wreak - cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; "I cannot work a miracle"; "wreak havoc"; "bring comments"; "play a joke"; "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area"
create, make - make or cause to be or to become; "make a mess in one's office"; "create a furor"
work, act - have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected; "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't work"; "The breaks of my new car act quickly"; "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"

wreak

verb
1. create, work, cause, visit, effect, exercise, carry out, execute, inflict, bring about Violent storms wreaked havoc on the coast.
2. unleash, express, indulge, vent, gratify, give vent to, give free rein to He wreaked vengeance on the men who had betrayed him.

wreak

verb
1. To cause to undergo or bear (something unwelcome or damaging, for example):
2. Archaic. To exact revenge for or from:
Informal: fix.
Idioms: even the score, get back at, get even with, pay back in kind, settle accounts, take an eye for an eye.
Translations
kurittaa

wreak

[riːk] VT [+ destruction, vengeance] → hacer, causar
to wreak havoccausar estragos

wreak

[ˈriːk] vt [+ destruction] → semer
to wreak havoc → faire des ravages
to wreak havoc on sth → chambouler qch
to wreak vengeance on sb → se venger de qn, exercer sa vengeance sur qn

wreak

vt destructionanrichten; chaos alsostiften; (liter) vengeanceüben (→ on an +dat); punishmentauferlegen (→ on +dat); angerauslassen (→ on an +dat) ? havoc

wreak

[riːk] vt (destruction, havoc) → portare, causare
to wreak vengeance on → vendicarsi su
References in classic literature ?
It seemed to be Maule's impulse, not to ruin Alice, nor to visit her with any black or gigantic mischief, which would have crowned her sorrows with the grace of tragedy, but to wreak a low, ungenerous scorn upon her.
That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate; and be the white whale agent, or be the white whale principal, I will wreak that hate upon him.
They even wanted to wreak their unreasoning vengeance on this innocent dumb brute.
That girl's hard and haughty and capricious to the last degree, and has been brought up by Miss Havisham to wreak revenge on all the male sex.
Yes, I would bear my sorrows, and become great, that in a day to be I might wreak vengeance on the king.
Don Quixote, feeling the roughness of the rope on his wrist, exclaimed, "Your grace seems to be grating rather than caressing my hand; treat it not so harshly, for it is not to blame for the offence my resolution has given you, nor is it just to wreak all your vengeance on so small a part; remember that one who loves so well should not revenge herself so cruelly.
At heart they hate their horrid fates, and so wreak their poor spite on me who stand for everything they have not, and for all they most crave and never can attain.
He saw at first no way in which he could, with safety to himself, wreak vengeance upon Tarzan through the medium of Tarzan's son; but that great possibilities for revenge lay in the boy was apparent to him, and so he determined to cultivate the lad in the hope that fate would play into his hands in some way in the future.
On came Antaeus, hopping and capering with the scorching heat of his rage, and getting new vigor wherewith to wreak his passion, every time he hopped.
Seth had never in his life spoken a harsh word to his mother, and timid people always wreak their peevishness on the gentle.
Then shall some braggart Trojan leap upon your tomb and say, 'Ever thus may Agamemnon wreak his vengeance; he brought his army in vain; he is gone home to his own land with empty ships, and has left Menelaus behind him.
exclaimed the young man, abandoning himself to the rage which consumed him, "can I not find some one on whom to wreak my vengeance?