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Language: Old English
Origin: wrecan 'to drive out, punish'

wreak

verb
     
wreak past tense and past participle wreaked or wrought
1

wreak havoc/mayhem/destruction (on something)

to cause a lot of damage or problems:
These policies have wreaked havoc on the British economy.
2

wreak revenge/vengeance (on somebody)

formal to do something unpleasant to someone to punish them for something they have done to you:
He promised to wreak vengeance on those who had betrayed him.

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