wrought

\ˈrȯt \

Definition of wrought 

(Entry 1 of 2)

past tense and past participle of work

wrought

adjective

Definition of wrought (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : worked into shape by artistry or effort carefully wrought essays

2 : elaborately embellished : ornamented

3 : processed for use : manufactured wrought silk

4 : beaten into shape by tools : hammered used of metals

5 : deeply stirred : excited often used with up gets easily wrought up over nothing

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The Uses of Wrought

Wrought may function as the past or the past participle form of the verb work. While not as common as it once was, this past-tense form still is encountered in such combinations as "wrought havoc." Since "wreak havoc" is also a familiar pairing, many people assume that wrought is the past tense of wreak, but the two are actually distinct. Although it still exists as a verb, wrought is more often used today as an adjective, a role in which is has a number of meanings. Most of these are found referring to things or materials which have been in some way worked by people (as in wrought iron or "carefully wrought prose"), but one sense ("deeply stirred") is typically used in describing emotions. When employed in this sense, wrought is often found paired with up (as in "he found himself wrought up over the news").

Examples of wrought in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Small plates, such as fine-wrought fish crudos, sing. Houston Chronicle, "Alison Cook's Top 10 Houston restaurants," 10 May 2018 On April 2 and 3, Kamilah Forbes, executive producer at the Apollo Theater in New York City, spun the essence of an already emotionally wrought work of art into something more. Angela Helm, The Root, "Kamilah Forbes’ Beautiful Struggle: Bringing Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me to the Stage," 10 Apr. 2018 Everything about her remains sleek and angular: her lean figure; that famous face, with its Masai-shield cheekbones and long, thin, delicately wrought nose; her bobbed hair, with not a strand out of place. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Picasso's Muse is 93, Paints Every Day, and Just Published a New Book," 17 Nov. 2015

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First Known Use of wrought

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wrought

Adjective

Middle English, from past participle of worken to work

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wrought

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wrought

: carefully formed or worked into shape

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Kids Definition of wrought

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense and past participle of work

wrought

adjective
\ˈrȯt \

Kids Definition of wrought (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : beaten into shape by tools wrought metals

2 : much too excited … Miss Elson was on the verge of tears, she was so wrought up.— Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

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