wrest [rest] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object)
- to twist or turn; pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist.
- to take away by force: to wrest a knife from a child.
- to get by effort: to wrest a living from the soil.
- to twist or turn from the proper course, application, use, meaning, or the like; wrench.
- a wresting; twist or wrench.
- a key or small wrench for tuning stringed musical instruments, as the harp or piano, by turning the pins to which the strings are fastened.
Origin of wrest before 1000; (v.) Middle English wresten, Old English wrǣstan; cognate with Old Norse reista; akin to; (noun) Middle English: a wresting, derivative of the v.Related formswrest·er, nounun·wrest·ed, adjectiveun·wrest·ing, adjectiveCan be confused wrestSynonyms for wrest 1, 3. . 3. See . Related Words for wrested , , , , , , , , , , , , Examples from the Web for wrested Contemporary Examples of wrested
The version of the song that I had indeed remembered correctly, wrested from the back of my brain!
June 6, 2014
We have now seen that even at great sacrifice, rights are wrested from authority rather than be gifted by them.
January 25, 2012
The sponsoring networks, media, and third-party groups have wrested away control from the candidates and the national parties.
January 9, 2012
The secretary of State has wrested control of USAID and influence over billions in foreign assistance.
January 14, 2011
Historical Examples of wrested
His was a commanding physique, hard as the grim plains from which he wrested his living.
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
A man leaped in, and, in the struggle, Mr. Montenero’s gun was wrested from him.
One would have thought that I had wrested his very soul from him.
Had he not been present, who knows that it would not have been wrested from him?
But in 1540 he wrested it from him, and regranted it to Robert, Earl of Sussex.
Geraldine Edith Mitton
British Dictionary definitions for wrested wrest verb (tr)
- to take or force away by violent pulling or twisting
- to seize forcibly by violent or unlawful means
- to obtain by laborious effort
- to distort in meaning, purpose, etc
- the act or an instance of wresting
- archaic a small key used to tune a piano or harp
Derived Formswrester, nounWord Origin for wrest Old English wrǣstan; related to Old Norse reista. See writhe Word Origin and History for wrested wrest v.
Old English wræstan “to twist, wrench,” from Proto-Germanic *wraistijanan (cf. Old Norse reista “to bend, twist”), derivative of *wrig-, *wreik- “to turn” (see). Meaning “to pull, detach” (something) is recorded from c.1300. Meaning “to take by force” (in reference to power, authority, etc.) is attested from early 15c. Related: Wrested; wresting.