verb (used with object)
to inflict or execute (punishment, vengeance, etc.): They wreaked havoc on the enemy.
to carry out the promptings of (one's rage, ill humor, will, desire, etc.), as on a victim or object: He wreaked his anger on the office staff.

before 900; Middle English wreken, Old English wrecan; cognate with German rächen to avenge, Old Norse reka to drive, avenge, Gothic wrikan to persecute; akin to Latin urgēre to drive, push

wreaker, noun

1. rack, wrack, wreak, wreck ; 2. racked, wracked, wreaked, wrecked.

1. visit, vent, unleash.
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wreak (riːk)
1.  to inflict (vengeance, etc) or to cause (chaos, etc): to wreak havoc on the enemy
2.  to express, or gratify (anger, hatred, etc)
3.  archaic to take vengeance for
[Old English wrecan; related to Old Frisian wreka, Old High German rehhan (German rächen), Old Norse reka, Latin urgēre to push]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. wrecan "avenge," originally "to drive, drive out, punish" (class V strong verb; past tense wræc, pp. wrecen), from P.Gmc. *wrekanan (cf. O.S. wrekan, O.N. reka, O.Fris. wreka, M.Du. wreken "to drive, push, compel, pursue, throw," O.H.G. rehhan, Ger. rächen "to avenge," Goth. wrikan "to
persecute"), from PIE base *werg- "to work, to do" (cf. Lith. vergas "distress," vergas "slave," O.C.S. vragu "enemy," L. urgere; see urge (v.)). Meaning "inflict or take vengeance," with on, is recorded from c.1489; that of "inflict or cause (damage or destruction)" is attested from 1817.
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Example sentences
The corporate overlords would profit mightily off the carnage wreaked by faulty
  products flooding our villages and homes.
Hardly a day goes by without news of some further disaster wreaked by the
  freezing up of credit.
In some areas, storm surges nearly three stories high wreaked havoc on coastal
  and inland communities alike.
But the damp coastal climate wreaked havoc with the bodies.
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