- highly agitated; overwrought.
Origin of high-wrought
First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for high-wrought
She understood not his high-wrought scruples, his self-deluding belief.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
It is fine as a poem: it is finer as a piece of high-wrought eloquence.Hazlitt on English Literature
Our author is not true to nature—he is extravagant, high-wrought.
These principles were not flashes of a high-wrought imagination; they were practical.Sketches of the Covenanters
J. C. McFeeters
But this high-wrought brilliancy, this unceasing point, soon fatigue.From Chaucer to Tennyson
Henry A. Beers