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Word of the Week Lesson #27
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Abridged from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
WROUGHT, preterit tense and participle passive of work
worked; performed; produced
Webster’s 1828 Full Definition
WROUGHT, preterit tense and participle passive of work. [pronounced] raut.
[Sax. worhte, the pret. and pp. of wircan, weorcan, to work.]
1. Worked; formed by work or labor; as wrought iron.
2. Effected; performed.
She hath wrought a good work upon me. Matthew 26:10
3. Effected; produced. He wrought the public safety. A great changed was wrought in his mind.
This wrought the greatest confusion in the unbelieving Jews. Addison.
4. Used in labor.
The elders of that city shall take a heifer that hath not been wrought with. Deuteronomy 21:3
5. Worked; driven; as infection wrought out of the body. [Not used.] Bacon.
Vain Morat, by his own rashness wrought— Dryden.
7. Worked; used; labored in. The mine is still wrought.
8. Formed; fitted.
He that hath wrought us for the self-same thing is God. 2 Corinthians 5:5
9. Guided; managed. [Not used.] Milton.
10. Agitated; disturbed.
My dull brain was wrought
With things forgot. Shakespeare.
Wrought on or upon, influenced; prevailed on. His mind was wrought upon by divine grace.
Wrought to or up to, excited; inflamed. Their minds were wrought up to a violent passion. She was wrought up to the tenderest emotions of pity.
“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” ~ Psalm 31:19 (KJV)
All scripture references are taken from the King James Bible
“O bringer of salvation,
Who wondrously hast wrought,
Thyself the revelation
Of love beyond our thought;
We worship Thee, we bless Thee,
To Thee, O Christ, we sing;
We praise Thee, and confess Thee
Our gracious Lord and king.”
– Frances R. Havergal (1836–1879), O Saviour, Precious Saviour
All hymn texts are taken from Cyber Hymnal
Examples from Daily Life
When Mrs. Gravesend opened the door, she found her middle-aged neighbour, carrying a plate of cookies.
“Good morning,” Miss Piper said. “My mother wrought upon me to bring these cookies over while they’re still warm. She thought your children might enjoy the melted chocolate chips. It seems like she is always thinking of others, these days.”
“God has certainly wrought a change in her heart,” Mrs. Gravesend replied with a smile. “I am so glad she has come to know and obey Him! Would you like to come inside for a minute?” she added. “I can switch the cookies to another plate and send this one home with you.”
“Did Mom tell you about our coffee table problem?” Robyn asked, as their neighbour stepped into the house. “Skye’s pencil scribbles have wrought a great deal of confusion!”
“You don’t say so?” exclaimed Miss Piper, coming over to see the table. “This is the perfect timing! My brother-in-law gave me exactly what you need!” and without waiting for the cookie plate, Miss Piper hurried back across the street.
Printable Image with Short Definition and Memory Verse
When two words sound the same, but are spelled differently, they are called homophones. For example, the word I (meaning myself) and the word eye (meaning the organ we use to see) are both pronounced the same way. But written on paper, they don’t look at all alike.
The word endings “-ought,” as in wrought, “-aught,” as in taught, and “-ot,” as in hot, produce the same sound with different letters. For this reason, words ending in these spellings often have homophones. Can you guess the homophones of the following words?
Hint: Some of the words on this list have not one but TWO homophones. Can you figure out both of them?
Note to parents: Regional dialects might affect students’ pronunciation.
The answer will appear at the bottom of next week’s WOW lesson.
Answer to Last Week’s Bonus Activity
Last week’s Bonus Activity contained the follow WOW words, (listed in order of appearance):
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