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Examples of wreak in a Sentence
Gangs have been wreaking mayhem in the city.
Recent Examples of wreak from the Web
More than 1,000 companies moved their headquarters out of the region fearing the havoc that an independence push would wreak.
In America Amazon is showing, week by week, the havoc that an innovative e-commerce firm can wreak in a giant, mature market.
So asking other states for help before Maria, which might have lined up resources for Puerto Rico more quickly, would have been an expensive undertaking without knowing for sure what havoc the storm would wreak.
Defensive ends Cesar Nillaga and Demanuel Talauati, along with middle linebacker Chris Fatilua wreaked havoc for the Dons.
The tragedy storms wreak was powerful enough that William Shakespeare heard about it in England.
Relying on an obscure yet vital communications system, researchers have been able to demonstrate the chaos hackers could wreak by infiltrating SMS messaging and rendering many two-factory security systems worthless.
Bank executives are signaling another tough quarter for their trading businesses as quiet markets and skittish clients wreak havoc on one of Wall Street’s core profit engines.
Many fans have taken this part of the prophecy to mean that Tyrion or Jaime—or even Arya wearing Jaime’s face—will kill Cersei and stop her from wreaking havoc on Westeros.
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Did You Know?
Wreak is a venerable word that first appeared in Old English as wrecan, meaning "to drive, drive out, punish, or avenge." "Wrecan" is related to a number of similar words in the Germanic languages, including Middle Dutch "wreken" ("to punish, avenge"), Old High German rehhan ("to avenge"), Old Norse "reka" ("to drive, push, or avenge"), and Gothic "wrikan" ("to persecute"). It may also be related to Latin urgēre ("to drive on, urge"), the source of the English verb "urge." In modern English, vengeance is a common object of the verb "wreak," reflecting one of its earlier uses in the sense "to take vengeance for" - as when Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus proclaims "We will solicit heaven, and move the gods / To send down Justice for to wreak our wrongs."
Origin and Etymology of wreak
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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