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]
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.
[1913 Webster] Their arts of wresting, corrupting, and false interpreting the holy text. --South. [1913 Webster]
To tune with a wrest, or key. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
- present participle of wrest