- Archaic except in some senses. a simple past tense and past participle of work.
- elaborated; embellished.
- not rough or crude.
- 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
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2. See worked.
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Examples from the Web for self-wrought
With what enthusiasm was I often carried away by these self-wrought fancies!Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
In Germany there is a self which is self-wrought and self-owned.German philosophy and politics
These men, he holds, will inevitably develop a common character based on a self-wrought scientific education and view of life.The World of H.G. Wells
Van Wyck Brooks
Public vengeance was not satisfied with the self-wrought retribution on Stukely.Sir Walter Ralegh
- archaic a past tense and past participle of work
- metallurgy shaped by hammering or beating
- (often in combination) formed, fashioned, or worked as specifiedwell-wrought
- decorated or made with delicate care
C16: variant of worht, from Old English geworht, past participle of (ge) wyrcan to work
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 self-wrought
mid-13c., from past participle of Middle English werken (see work).
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