wreakful

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From Middle English wrakeful, equivalent to wreak +‎ -ful.

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wreakful (comparative more wreakful, superlative most wreakful)

  1. (poetic or obsolete) Vengeful; angry, furious.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.1:
      Ne any liv'd on ground that durst withstand / His dreadfull heast, much lesse him match in fight, / Or bide the horror of his wreakfull hand […].
    • 1802, The Spirit of Anti-Jacobinism:
      He sinks, to every wreakful fiend a prey; / His bosom shut to each affection kind; [...]
    • 1842, Thomas Miller, Rural Sketches:
      Unpropp'd, unsuccoured by stake or tree, / From wreakful storms' impetuous tyranny, [...]

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