2. To express outrage, malevolence, or resentment: The crowd gathered in the square to wreak their anger at the government because of increased taxes.
3. To cause something very harmful or damaging: The storm is expected to wreak, or wreck, havoc and extensive damage along the coast during the day.
Jerome saw the storm wreak havoc in the farmers' fields; and a short time after that, the prevailing breeze really did reek of rotting crops.
2. To inflict revenge or punishment on someone: "Melissa swore to wreak vengeance on Albert for all the cruel things he did to her during their marriage."
2. Something shattered, destroyed, or dilapidated: "Bonnie's house was a complete wreck after the hurricane struck."
3. A person who is physically or mentally broken down or worn out: "The stress of Edith's final exams turned her into a wreck."
Wreak is easily confused with wreck, perhaps because the wreaking of damage may leave a wreck or maybe because the differences in spelling must be given special attention.