today I've run across a slight problem with meaning of this word 'WROUGHT'. Since I had never seen it before I immediately put it into my Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary to see what it means. It said it is past participle of the word 'WREAK' and that form 'WREAKED' is also possible. Nothing unclear so far, yet, because I didn't know how I should exactly translate it, I had 'wrought' looked up in www.dictionary.com. To my surprise, it found it means 'WORK', with this comment:
'The past tense and past participle of wreak is wreaked, not wrought, which is an alternative past tense and past participle of work.'
And that leads me to my question, How it really is? Does it mean 'work' or 'wreak'? If only wreak was correct how come that CALD would mislead me??
Thank you for your answers in advance.
And wrought is related to work.
seems to take an AmE view of things in this case.
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EDIT:// I haven't seen the last sentence of yours^^ That would explain why there are diferences...
wreak• verb 1 cause (a large amount of damage or harm). 2 inflict (vengeance).
— USAGE The past tense of wreak is wreaked, as in rainstorms wreaked havoc yesterday, not wrought. When wrought is used in the phrase wrought havoc, it is in fact an archaic past tense of work.
— ORIGIN Old English, drive (out), avenge; related to WRECK and WRETCH.
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but I'd take Oxford's view, which is more explicit than Cambridge in this case.
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