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From earlier “wracked by storm”, in sense wrack (“destroy”). Later sense of “stormy” due to influence by and confusion with rack (“torture, suffer”); see usage notes for rack.
storm-wracked (comparative more storm-wracked, superlative most storm-wracked)
- Destroyed by a storm.
- Stormy, beset by a storm.
- 1864 March 12, William Chambers, “Blamyre’s Chambers”, in Chambers’s Journal of Popular Literature, Science, and Art, volume 41, number 11, page 171:
- I believe I eloquently spoke of him, when I proposed his health, as one ‘of those daring spirits, who, proudly turning their backs on an old and effete world, pushed forth over the unsociable and storm-wracked seas to seek a golden future in a region teeming with boundless possibilities and wealth, that need only a daring hand to lay it open to the sun.’
- 2001, Dana Gioia, Nosferatu: An Opera Libretto:
- I sailed a ship in a storm-wracked sea
And all were lost except for me.