Today’s Word Wednesday is wrest. I was writing a poem years ago, and I wanted something symbolizing painful parting and a word that partnered with Rome and womb. The perfect word: wrest. I love this word because of that poem and I think because of the paradox of the way it sounds (rest) and the rigor it signifies.

Ok, a little about today’s word (taken from the online Oxford English Dictionary):


Syllabification: wrest
Pronunciation: /rest /

1Forcibly pull (something) from a person’s grasp: Leila tried to wrest her arm from his hold

1.1Take (something, especially power or control) from someone or something else after considerable effort or difficulty: they wanted to allow people to wrest control of their lives from impersonal bureaucracies
1.2 • archaic Distort the meaning or interpretation of (something) to suit one’s own interests or views: you appear convinced of my guilt, and wrest every reply I have made

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A key for tuning a harp or piano.

My sentence

The fruit of her womb we wrested from Rome.

A prize for the best original sentence!

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