bewreak

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bewreken (to take revenge, avenge), equivalent to be- +‎ wreak. Compare Old English bewrecan (to drive away, exile, banish). Compare awreak.

Verb[edit]

bewreak (third-person singular simple present bewreaks, present participle bewreaking, simple past and past participle bewreaked)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To avenge; revenge.
    Gemoted warriours to bewrecke her bedde — Thomas Chatterton, The Rowley Poems, 1778
  2. (transitive) To give vent in action to (incensed feelings).