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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Wrest

WREST, verb transitive [G., to wrest to snatch or pull, to burst, to tear.]

1. To twist or extort by violence; to pull or force from by violent wringing or twisting; as, to wrest an instrument from anothers hands.

2. To take or force from by violence. The enemy made a great effort, and wrested the victory from our hands.

But fate has wrested the confession from me.

3. To distort; to turn from truth or twist from its natural meaning by violence; to pervert.

WREST once the law to your authority.

Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of the poor. Exodus 23:2.

Which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest as they do also the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. 2 Peter 3:16.

WREST, noun

1. Distortion; violent pulling and twisting; perversion.

2. Active or moving power. [Not used.]

3. An instrument to tune.