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Definitioncause to happen — especially something that is damaging and uncontrollable
- But, in the education of her child, the mother's enthusiasm of thought had something to wreak itself upon.Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (72% in)
- Of an impulsive and passionate nature, she had fortified herself to encounter the stings and venomous stabs of public contumely, wreaking itself in every variety of insult; but there was a quality so much more terrible in the solemn mood of the popular mind, that she longed rather to behold all those rigid countenances contorted with scornful merriment, and herself the object.Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (79% in)
- Calm, gentle, passionless, as he appeared, there was yet, we fear, a quiet depth of malice, hitherto latent, but active now, in this unfortunate old man, which led him to imagine a more intimate revenge than any mortal had ever wreaked upon an enemy.Chapter 11 -- The Interior of a Heart (4% in)
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