Middle English Dictionary Entry

wrēken v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

Note: Cp. awreken v., iwreken v. (Suppl.), wraken v.
1.
(a) To drive (sb. or sth.) out or away, remove; also fig.; also, expel (sb.), banish; convey (sb. to a place unwillingly) [quot. a1450 Dial.Bern.& V.(2)]; ~ awei (oute); (b) to cast up (sb. or sth.) [cp. wrek(k)id ppl.]; ~ oute (oute of), cast (sth.) out of (a place); (c) to wrest (sb. from woe or danger), rescue, deliver; also, recover (stolen property) [1st quot.]; (d) ben wreken, to have forced a way (into a place); (e) to utter (sth.);—also without obj.
2.
In phrase: ben wreken oute, of a period of time: to have passed.
3.
(a) To take vengeance, mete out retribution; take vengeance or revenge (on sb.); take vengeance (on someone’s misdeeds) [quot. c1350]; ?also, seek vengeance [last quot.]; (b) to take revenge on account of (a death, an injury, one’s sorrow, etc.), avenge; punish (sin, a misdeed, etc.); also, mete out revenge or punishment for (sth. upon sb., someone’s life, a city, etc.);—also with that clause as object; (c) to take vengeance upon (sb.), punish; also, condemn (sb.).
4.
(a) To take vengeance on behalf of (sb., oneself), avenge; also fig.; (b) to take vengeance on behalf of (sb. or oneself upon sb. or oneself); also in fig. context; also used of a boar; (c) to take vengeance on behalf of (sb. or oneself on account of sth.).
5.
To do harm (to sb.); ppl. wreken, subjected to harm, ?injured.
6.
(a) To vent (anger); vent (anger on sb., a city, etc.); ~ of, refl. express (rage); ben wreken, ?be driven to anger (against sb. or oneself); (b) to satisfy (oneself), indulge.