from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Extremely excited or agitated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wrought with fine art or skill; elaborate.
  • adj. Worked up, or swollen, to a high degree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wrought with a high degree of art or skill; finely finished.
  • Wrought up to a high degree; agitated; intense: as, high-wrought passion.


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  • On the present occasion, the lion of the hour, Mr. Francis Tyrrel, had so little answered the high-wrought expectations of Lady Penelope, that she rather regretted having ever given herself any trouble about him, and particularly that of having manoeuvred herself into the patronage of the tea-table for the evening, to the great expenditure of souchong and congo.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • And yet what other conclusion remained, saving the rejection of his addresses by Flora, an alternative not to be thought of in the present high-wrought state of his feelings with anything short of mental agony.


  • “No fear, no fear,” answered Lord Glenvarloch, ashamed of the construction she put upon a momentary hesitation, arising from a dislike to look upon what is horrible, often connected with those high-wrought minds which are the last to fear what is merely dangerous — “I will do your errand as you desire; but for you, you must not — cannot go yonder.”

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Such a scene must have been one of deepest interest and high-wrought passion.

    Introduction, I.1

  • Yet with these high-wrought ideas, my feelings were far from partaking of a tinge of disappointment on my first and final landing on the shores of Brazil.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • With him went enthusiasm, the high-wrought resolve, the eye that without blenching could look at death.

    The Last Man

  • Reason came unavailing to such high-wrought feelings.

    The Last Man

  • We came to her like visitors from heaven itself; her high-wrought courage; her hardly sustained firmness, fled with the appearance of relief.

    The Last Man

  • Through the fast-falling rain and high-wrought sea

    The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Has it taken up its abode with unconscious ignorance or with the high-wrought mind?

    Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark


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