Simple Definition of contort
: to twist into an unusual appearance or shape
Examples of contort in a sentence
His body contorted with pain.
The boy contorted his body to squeeze through the gate.
Her face was contorted with rage.
Origin and Etymology of contort
Middle English, from Latin contortus, past participle of contorquēre, from com- + torquēre to twist — more at torture
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of contort
Rhymes with contort
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CONTORT Defined for Kids
Definition of contort for Students
: to give an unusual appearance or unnatural shape to by twisting <His face contorted with anger.>
Word Root of contort
The Latin word torquēre, meaning “to twist,” and its form tortus give us the root tort. Words from the Latin torquēre have something to do with twisting. A retort, or angry reply to another's words, twists those words back at the person. To contort is to twist the body in unusual ways. To distort is to twist something, such as the truth, so much that it appears to be something else.
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