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From Middle English schip-wracke, from Old English scipwræc (“jetsam”), equivalent to ship + wrack. Cognate with Scots schip-wrak (“to shipwreck”, verb), Swedish skeppsvrak (“shipwreck”). Modern form is due to influence from wreck.
- A ship that has sunk or run aground so that it is no longer seaworthy.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
- An event where a ship sinks or runs aground.
- (figurative) destruction; ruin; irretrievable loss
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, 1 Timothy 1:19:
- Holding faith and a good conscience, which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck.
- 1879, John Morley, Burke
- It was upon an Indian bill that the late ministry had made shipwreck.
A ship that has sunk or run aground so that it is no longer seaworthy.
An event where a ship sinks or runs aground.
destruction; ruin; irretrievable loss
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to wreck a vessel