k) KEY TRANSITIVE VERB: wreaked
- To inflict (vengeance or punishment) upon a person.
- To express or gratify (anger, malevolence, or resentment); vent.
- To bring about; cause: wreak havoc.
- Archaic To take vengeance for; avenge.
Middle English wreken
, from Old English wrecanUsage 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
which is an alternative past tense and past participle of work.