Thrust, thrusted

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The verb thrust is uninflected in the past tense and as a past participle. For example, “I was thrust into the spotlight,” “I have thrust myself into the spotlight,” and “I thrust myself into the spotlight yesterday” are all conventionally correct. Thrusted is an old variant that has never caught on in general usage, and it is rare in edited writing.


But the song, which some have called “the worst song ever” and inane, has thrust Black into the worldwide spotlight. [Chicago Sun-Times]

They thrust Egyptian flags into our hands and crowded around to have their pictures taken with Jonah and Georgia. [Wall Street Journal]

She’s a sweet girl thrust into situations that force her to find inner strength, a victim of the times. [Houston Chronicle]