- 1Cause (a large amount of damage or harm): torrential rainstorms wreaked havoc yesterday the environmental damage wreaked by ninety years of phosphate miningMore example sentences
- According to Mary Bryan, the society's chief executive officer, even seemingly small mistakes can wreak huge amounts of damage.
- The adverse weather has wreaked havoc with many of the non-national routes and damage has run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
- The Category 5 storm wreaked havoc, doing more than $20 billion in damage and making it by far the costliest hurricane ever in United States history.
- 1.1Inflict (vengeance): he was determined to wreak his revenge on the girl who had rejected himMore example sentences
- And so, whatever happens, let's hope we're not going to have an administration that is set up to somehow wreak vengeance on the other side.
- On such an account, Oakes finds he is not as generously treated in the book as he might like, and consequently wreaks some vengeance.
- Thus begins an adventure in which Measle finds friends, braves dangers, wreaks vengeance and discovers a happy ending.
- 1.2 • archaic Avenge (someone who has been wronged): grant me some knight to wreak me for my sonMore example sentences
- Harenc wreaked him with a vengeance.
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- The case of Bouzaglo, for example, offers a chance to examine the model of the wreaker of virtual mayhem.
- There's more than a trace of Margo in Jules, the lying, desperate marriage wreaker of My Best Friend's Wedding.
- I guess there's something radical about wreaking havoc in a factory - but who can watch this film and not root for the wreaker?
In the phrase wrought havoc, as in they wrought havoc on the countryside , wrought is an archaic past tense of work and is not, as is sometimes assumed, a past tense of wreak.