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Examples of wreak in a Sentence
Gangs have been wreaking mayhem in the city.
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Diseases and infections wreaked havoc on soldiers in the Civil War.
Similar snow squalls wreaked havoc on the roads Thursday.
Around the globe, in places that people fish, the World Animal Protection report says ghost gear has the potential to wreak havoc.
Most immediate is that the protectionist Mr. Ross (a former steel executive) and the nativist Peter Navarro have driven out their biggest free-market opponent, increasing their ability to wreak harm on the economy.
In the 2017 sequel, as the guys finally learn to at least coexist, their annoying fathers show up just in time to wreak havoc for the holidays.
Still, strong winds wreaked havoc with the Alpine schedule and also played a role in some shuffling at the Phoenix Snow Park, where the action sports took place.
Another tumultuous winter season in Michigan has potholes wreaking havoc everywhere, especially across metro Detroit.
Last week, reports surfaced saying that a single Telugu character was enough to wreak havoc on iPhones.
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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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Definition of wreak for English Language Learners
: to cause (something very harmful or damaging)
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