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wrought

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verb
  1. Archaic except in some senses. a simple past tense and past participle of work.
adjective
  1. worked.
  2. elaborated; embellished.
  3. not rough or crude.
  4. produced or shaped by beating with a hammer, as iron or silver articles.

Origin of wrought

1200–50; Middle English wroght, metathetic variant of worht, past participle of worchen to work
Related formsin·ter·wrought, adjectiveself-wrought, adjectivesu·per·wrought, adjectiveun·der·wrought, adjectiveun·wrought, adjectivewell-wrought, adjective

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2. See worked.
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Examples from the Web for unwrought

Historical Examples

  • The unwrought material, when divided and distributed, forms vessels.

    Tao Teh King

    Lao-Tze

  • But we raised and smelted no copper, importing it unwrought.

    Knowledge is Power:

    Charles Knight

  • It is a monolith of unwrought stone standing sixteen feet high.

    Stonehenge

    Frank Stevens

  • On the second, gold and silver wrought, unwrought, and coined.

  • And as soon as unwrought stones and clubs came into use there was mechanical compensation for the shortening of the arms.


British Dictionary definitions for unwrought

wrought

verb
  1. archaic a past tense and past participle of work
adjective
  1. metallurgy shaped by hammering or beating
  2. (often in combination) formed, fashioned, or worked as specifiedwell-wrought
  3. decorated or made with delicate care

Word Origin

C16: variant of worht, from Old English geworht, past participle of (ge) wyrcan to work

usage

Wrought is sometimes used as if it were the past tense and past participle of wreak as in the hurricane wrought havoc in coastal areas. Many people think this use is incorrect
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Word Origin and History for unwrought

wrought

mid-13c., from past participle of Middle English werken (see work).

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