From Middle English bewreken (“to take revenge, avenge”), equivalent to be- + wreak. Compare Old English bewrecan (“to drive away, exile, banish”). Compare awreak.
bewreak (third-person singular simple present bewreaks, present participle bewreaking, simple past and past participle bewreaked)
- (transitive, obsolete) To avenge; revenge.
- Gemoted warriours to bewrecke her bedde — Thomas Chatterton, The Rowley Poems, 1778
- (transitive) To give vent in action to (incensed feelings).