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high-wrought

[hahy-rawt]
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  1. highly agitated; overwrought.
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Origin of high-wrought

First recorded in 1595–1605
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • She understood not his high-wrought scruples, his self-deluding belief.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • It is fine as a poem: it is finer as a piece of high-wrought eloquence.

  • 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.

  • But this high-wrought brilliancy, this unceasing point, soon fatigue.