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Synonyms for wrest

Synonyms for wrest

to alter the position of by a sharp, forcible twisting or turning movement


to obtain by coercion or intimidation

to give an inaccurate view of by representing falsely or misleadingly

Words related to wrest

obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically

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They showed us where the great Godfrey and his brother Baldwin, the first Christian Kings of Jerusalem, once lay buried by that sacred sepulchre they had fought so long and so valiantly to wrest from the hands of the infidel.
Occasionally one more ferocious than his fellows would attempt this latter alternative, but none had come yet who could wrest the palm of victory from the fierce and brutal ape.
All about them the green warriors surged in an attempt to wrest her from the red.
For this is the day we are to conquer His Majesty the Scarecrow, and wrest from him the throne.
The day following my arrival at Algiers we left for the south, Nestor having made all arrangements in advance, guessing, as he naturally did, that I could be coming to Africa for but a single purpose--to hasten at once to the buried telegraph-instrument and wrest its secret from it.
I go forthwith," he continued, "to wrest food and drink from the ancients.
It was as though he were trying to wrest from the inner temple of his consciousness a vague and tantalizing memory that eluded him each time that he felt he had it within his grasp--the key to the strange riddle that hid his origin.
His fancies had for the most part revolved about the unsettled political conditions of Henry's reign, for from these he felt he might wrest that opportunity which could be turned to his own personal uses and to the harm, and possibly the undoing, of the King.
But how to wrest the body of his victim from the feeding lion was the first question to be solved.
She has been in this room," he cried, and he sprang to wrest from it a token, for he knew he would recognize the smallest thing that had belonged to her or that she had touched.
Lucille is mine - mine she will remain, even though you should descend to something more despicable, more cowardly than ordinary treason, to wrest her from me.
When we leave this place, on whatever terms we leave it, my determination to wrest from Count Fosco the confession which I failed to obtain from his accomplice, goes back with me to London, as certainly as I go back myself.
GUJARAT -- Pakistan Muslim League-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that the Punjab chief minister was not in favour of devolution of power and successful candidates in local government polls will have to stage a sit-in to wrest power from those at the helm of the affairs.
Gary Wrest, 29, targeted the Waterside apartments at Liverpool's Princes Dock on the morning of November 28.
The report mentioned that Australian Ashes star Ryan Harris is also under an injury cloud after missing the current one-day series with a hamstring tear, with Cooley admitting that Harris' presence is crucial as Australia looks to wrest back the urn on home soil.