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The Collaborative Dictionary

Wrest \Wrest\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wrested; p. pr. & vb. n. Wresting.] [OE. wresten, AS. wr?stan; akin to wr?? a twisted band, and wr[imac]?n to twist. See Writhe.] [1913 Webster]
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]
Wrest \Wrest\, n.
The act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]
Active or moving power. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
A key to tune a stringed instrument of music. [1913 Webster] The minstrel . . . wore round his neck a silver chain, by which hung the wrest, or key, with which he tuned his harp. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
A partition in a water wheel, by which the form of the buckets is determined. [1913 Webster] Wrest pin (Piano Manuf.), one of the pins around which the ends of the wires are wound in a piano. --Knight. Wrest plank (Piano Manuf.), the part in which the wrest pins are inserted. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wrest v : obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically; "wrest the knife from his hands"; "wrest a meaning from the old text"; "wrest power from the old government"

Moby Thesaurus

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  • , /rɛst/, /rEst/
    Rhymes: -ɛst



  1. To pull or twist violently.
  2. To obtain by pulling or violent force.


to obtain by pulling or violent force
  • Norwegian: fravriste
Leviathan is an experimental/ambient black metal band formed in 1998 by main man Wrest. In Leviathan, Wrest records and plays all instruments including vocals entirely on his own. Additionally, Wrest has collaborated with the band Sunn O))), and is an active member of the U.S. black metal supergroup Twilight. He has stated in interviews that he has been playing drums longer than any other instrument and that the drums are his instrument of choice. Wrest also plays and records everything in his other project Lurker of Chalice. Regarding his writing, Wrest says that "...lyrics are important and also very hard for me... at times, the way things come out in words sounds like nonsense. I don't consider myself a poet by any means."
Leviathan's future is unknown at this point. Despite having early problems with the release of the newest album Massive Conspiracy Against All Life, it was released March 24, 2008 in Europe and March 25th, 2008 in North America.


Current members

  • Wrest (Jef Whitehead) – all instruments, voices, sounds
Wrest is the pseudonym adopted by Jef Whitehead, mastermind behind one man bands Leviathan and Lurker of Chalice. He is also a member of the USBM collective Twilight performing various roles including drumming, as well as a renowned tattoo artist in San Francisco.
wrest in French: Leviathan (groupe)
wrest in Italian: Leviathan (gruppo musicale)
wrest in Finnish: Leviathan (yhtye)
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