Wrest Wrest, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wrested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wresting}.] [OE. wresten, AS. wr?stan; akin to wr?? a twisted band, and wr[=i]?n to twist. See {Writhe}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To turn; to twist; esp., to twist or extort by violence; to pull of force away by, or as if by, violent wringing or twisting. ``The secret wrested from me.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Our country's cause, That drew our swords, now secret wrests them from our hand. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

They instantly wrested the government out of the hands of Hastings. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. To turn from truth; to twist from its natural or proper use or meaning by violence; to pervert; to distort. [1913 Webster]

Wrest once the law to your authority. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor. --Ex. xxiii. 6. [1913 Webster]

Their arts of wresting, corrupting, and false interpreting the holy text. --South. [1913 Webster]

3. To tune with a wrest, or key. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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