Usage examples for wreak

  1. Your fair one of Romance cannot suffer a mishap without a plotting villain, perchance many of them; to wreak the dread iniquity: she cannot move without him; she is the marble block, and if she is to have a feature, he is the sculptor; she depends on him for life, and her human history at least is married to him far more than to the rescuing lover. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. It was well for Barbe and her daughter that they could take shelter behind the ladies, for the men were ravenous for some prize, or something to wreak their excitement upon, besides the bare walls of the castle, and its rude stores of meal and beer. – Two Penniless Princesses by Charlotte M. Yonge
  3. All thought of immediate return to his own lines was lost, at least until he could wreak vengeance on the man who had just shown such inhumanity towards his own comrade and countryman. – Our Pilots in the Air by Captain William B. Perry
  4. One mother alone did not wreak vengeance on him for her sorrows, Capitana Maria. – The Social Cancer A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal
  5. The man was by nature a bully, one who found pleasure in oppressing the helpless, and who loved, in the privacy of his home, to wreak the ill- temper which he was forced to conceal abroad. – Love Eternal by H. Rider Haggard
  6. I saw in this, wretched though it made me, and bitter the sense of dependence and even of degradation that it awakened,- I saw in this that Estella was set to wreak Miss Havisham's revenge on men, and that she was not to be given to me until she had gratified it for a term. – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  7. All the old feeling came upon him of rage against his rival, and of a desire that something desperate should be done by which he might wreak his vengeance. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  8. I left him there in the hands of his servants, who did not dare and were not able to interfere in his defence, and I come to seek from thee a safe- conduct into France, where I have relatives with whom I can live; and also to implore thee to protect my father, so that Don Vicente's numerous kinsmen may not venture to wreak their lawless vengeance upon him." – The History of Don Quixote, Volume II., Complete by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  9. I tell you that those upon it still live and that they are about to wreak vengeance upon us. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930 by Various
  10. What if the madman should wreak his vengeance upon her? – The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby
  11. How her heart loathed the passion, the cruelty, that would wreak such an act! – Lancashire Idylls (1898) by Marshall Mather
  12. Not knowing on whom else to wreak his vengeance, he repeated his accusation of the previous day; he kept the wretched woman up till midnight, trembling with shame and fright. – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  13. " When this thing is over I will afford you any opportunity you like, captain, to avenge your honor and to wreak satisfaction. – Recollections of a Varied Life by George Cary Eggleston
  14. I desire nothing so much as an excuse to wreak full and bloody vengeance on every man in that fort who has engaged in the business of employing savages to scalp brave, patriotic men and defenseless women and children. – Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson
  15. He wanted not only to wreak his wrongs, but to let his adversary learn why they were wreaked. – Lysbeth A Tale Of The Dutch by H. Rider Haggard
  16. He suddenly found himself wanting to wreak an immediate and violent vengeance on the elements that dared to make things so unpleasant for her, and that almost immediately passed into an intense desire to seize upon that small figure and clasp it to him, sheltering her from the rain, the wind, the slush, every evil in this world that could ever befall her.... – The Whirligig of Time by Wayland Wells Williams
  17. Still Mademoiselle Marguerite had convinced him that instead of leaving Paris, Pascal was really still there, only waiting for an opportunity to establish his innocence, and to wreak his vengeance upon M. de Coralth and the Marquis de Valorsay. – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  18. Hold until you have heard me, I say, then wreak your will. – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini
  19. But it was impossible for him to wreak vengeance on his son as he would have liked to: between the execution of the punishment and himself stood the law. – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  20. For, if you withdraw your hand from the Tyrol, if you surrender it to the tender mercies of the Bavarians and French, they will wreak a fearful revenge on the Tyrolese for all the defeats and humiliations which the heroic mountaineers have made them undergo. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach