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

Synonyms for wrought

2. See worked.
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  1. (well wrought when postpositive) shaped, formed, or decorated with skill
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  1. archaic a past tense and past participle of work
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  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
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Word Origin for wrought

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 well-wrought


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

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