KJV Dictionary Definition: wrest


WREST, v.t. 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.

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


1. Distortion; violent pulling and twisting; perversion.

2. Active or moving power. Not used.

3. An instrument to tune.


WRESTED, pp. Pulled with twisting; distorted; perverted.


WRESTING, ppr. Pulling with a twist; distorting; perverting.