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Wrack, (such throughout the spelling in O. Edd. of the subst. and vb., never wreck; rhyming to alack: Per. IV Prol. 12. to “back:” Ven. 558. Lucr. 841. Lucr. 841 Sonn. 126, 5. Mcb. V, 5, 51) subst. 1) destruction, ruin; loss, decay: “honour's w.” Ven. 558. Lucr. 841. “I could prevent this storm and shun thy w.” Lucr. 841 “beauty's w.” Lucr. 841 R3 I, 2, 127. “nature, sovereign mistress over w.” Sonn. 126, 5. “in the w. of maidenhood,” All's III, 5, 24. “hence grew the general w. and massacre,” H6A I, 1, 135. “compassion of my country's w.” IV, 1, 56. Mcb. I, 3, 114. “Hume's knavery will be the duchess' w.” H6B I, 2, 105. “the commonwealth hath daily run to w.” I, 3, 127. “found thee a way out of his w., to rise in,” H8 III, 2, 438. “rejoices in the common w.” Tim. V, 1, 195. “what w. discern you in me deserves your pity?” Cymb. I, 6, 84. “what's thy interest in this sad w.” IV, 2, 366 (the dead body of Cloten). envy, oft the w. of praise, Per. IV Prol. 12.
2) destruction by sea, shipwreck: Ven. 454. Tp. I, 2, 26. Tp. I, 2, 26 Tp. I, 2, 26 Tp. I, 2, 26 Gent. I, 1, 156. Err. V, 49 “(by w. of sea).” Err. V, 49 Merch. III, 1, 110. Tw. V, 273. John III, 1, 92. R2 II, 1, 267. 269 (figuratively). H6C II, 2, 5. V, 4, 23. Mcb. V, 5, 51 (figuratively). Oth. II, 1, 23. Per. III, 2, 51.
3) that which is lost in a shipwreck: “a w. past hope he was,” Tw. V, 82. “rich . . . as is the ooze and bottom of the sea with sunken w.” H5 I, 2, 165. “methought I saw a thousand fearful --s,” R3 I, 4, 24.
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