- to twist or turn; pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist.
- to take away by force: to wrest a knife from a child.
- to get by effort: to wrest a living from the soil.
- to twist or turn from the proper course, application, use, meaning, or the like; wrench.
- a wresting; twist or wrench.
- a key or small wrench for tuning stringed musical instruments, as the harp or piano, by turning the pins to which the strings are fastened.
Origin of wrest
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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
June 6, 2014
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
January 25, 2012
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
January 9, 2012
The secretary of State has wrested control of USAID and influence over billions in foreign assistance.Hillary's Power Grab
January 14, 2011
His was a commanding physique, hard as the grim plains from which he wrested his living.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
A man leaped in, and, in the struggle, Mr. Montenero's gun was wrested from him.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
One would have thought that I had wrested his very soul from him.The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete
Had he not been present, who knows that it would not have been wrested from him?The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
But in 1540 he wrested it from him, and regranted it to Robert, Earl of Sussex.Hampstead and Marylebone
Geraldine Edith Mitton
- to take or force away by violent pulling or twisting
- to seize forcibly by violent or unlawful means
- to obtain by laborious effort
- to distort in meaning, purpose, etc
- the act or an instance of wresting
- archaic a small key used to tune a piano or harp
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.