verb (used with object)
Origin of wrest
Examples from the Web for wrested
The version of the song that I had indeed remembered correctly, wrested from the back of my brain!15 Years After Napster: How the Music Service Changed the Industry|Alex Suskind|June 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We have now seen that even at great sacrifice, rights are wrested from authority rather than be gifted by them.Arab Spring: Revolutionaries Reflect on the One-Year Anniversary|Mike Giglio|January 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The sponsoring networks, media, and third-party groups have wrested away control from the candidates and the national parties.Mark McKinnon: Presidential Primary Debate Process Has Gone Rogue|Mark McKinnon|January 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The secretary of State has wrested control of USAID and influence over billions in foreign assistance.
Brut'tium is the modern Cala'bria, and received that name when the ancient province was wrested from the empire.Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome|Oliver Goldsmith
Tatsu grinned like a trapped badger when it was wrested from him, and said that he would find a way in spite of them all.The Dragon Painter|Mary McNeil Fenollosa
We are lucky to have wrested, bribed and begged as many favors from the lords as we have.Adaptation|Dallas McCord Reynolds
What we have won by the sword we shall hold, and what has been wrested from us by cunning and treachery, we shall regain.The Devil's Paw|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Without speaking a word he wrested her fast-claspt hands asunder; but in the left she kept the crucifix tightly clencht.
British Dictionary definitions for wrested
Word Origin for wrest
Word Origin and History for wrested
Old English wræstan "to twist, wrench," from Proto-Germanic *wraistijanan (cf. Old Norse reista "to bend, twist"), derivative of *wrig-, *wreik- "to turn" (see wry). Meaning "to pull, detach" (something) is recorded from c.1300. Meaning "to take by force" (in reference to power, authority, etc.) is attested from early 15c. Related: Wrested; wresting.