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Definitions of wrest

  1. To turn from truth; to twist from its natural or proper use or meaning by violence; to pervert; to distort. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To tune with a wrest, or key. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To twist, wrench, or force by violence; as, they wrested victory from defeat; to turn from its natural meaning; pervert. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To twist from by force: to twist from truth or from its natural meaning. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To twist; force by twisting; distort. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To twist; wrench; turn from the true meaning, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To twist or extort by violence; to force from by violence, properly by violent wringing or twisting; to distort; to turn from truth, or twist from its natural meaning; to pervert. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. The act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Active or moving power. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A key to tune a stringed instrument of music. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A partition in a water wheel, by which the form of the buckets is determined. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Twist; violence; the act of taking by force. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Violent pulling and twisting: distortion. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. WRESTER. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. An act of wresting. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A key for tuning a stringed instrument. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Distortion; violent pulling and twisting; perversion; an instrument to tune musical instruments with. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Distortion; violent pulling and twisting. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for wrest

  1. Tithraustes, with us it is deemed nobler for a ruler to enrich his army than himself; it is expected of him to wrest spoils from the enemy rather than take gifts. – Agesilaus by Xenophon
  2. Germany is strong enough to wrest them from her, and means to do so. – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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