contort


con·tort

verb \kən-ˈtrt\

: to twist into an unusual appearance or shape

Full Definition of CONTORT

transitive verb
:  to twist in a violent manner <features contorted with fury>
intransitive verb
:  to twist into or as if into a strained shape or expression
con·tor·tion \-ˈtr-shən\ noun
con·tor·tive \-ˈtr-tiv\ adjective

Examples of CONTORT

  1. His body contorted with pain.
  2. The boy contorted his body to squeeze through the gate.
  3. Her face was contorted with rage.

Origin of CONTORT

Middle English, from Latin contortus, past participle of contorquēre, from com- + torquēre to twist — more at torture
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to CONTORT

Synonyms
deform, distort, misshape, screw, squinch, torture, warp
See Synonym Discussion at deform

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