1. wretch => wreak.
- wreak (v.)
- Old English wrecan "avenge," originally "to drive, drive out, punish" (class V strong verb; past tense wræc, past participle wrecen), from Proto-Germanic *wrekan (cognates: Old Saxon wrekan, Old Norse reka, Old Frisian wreka, Middle Dutch wreken "to drive, push, compel, pursue, throw," Old High German rehhan, German rächen "to avenge," Gothic wrikan "to persecute"), from PIE root *wreg- "to push, shove, drive, track down" (see urge (v.)). Meaning "inflict or take vengeance," with on, is recorded from late 15c.; that of "inflict or cause (damage or destruction)" is attested from 1817. Compare wrack (v.). Related: Wreaked; wreaking.
- 1. He vowed to wreak vengeance on his unfaithful, thieving wife.
- 2. Stress can wreak havoc on the immune system.
- 3. Their policies would wreak havoc on the economy.
- 4. She is determined to wreak vengeance on those who killed her cousin.
- 5. He threatened to wreak vengeance on the men who toppled him a year ago.
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