verb dis·tort \di-ˈstrt\

: to change the natural, normal, or original shape, appearance, or sound of (something) in a way that is usually not attractive or pleasing

: to change (something) so that it is no longer true or accurate

Full Definition of DISTORT

transitive verb
:  to twist out of the true meaning or proportion <distorted the facts>
:  to twist out of a natural, normal, or original shape or condition <a face distorted by pain>; also :  to cause to be perceived unnaturally <the new lights distorted colors>
:  pervert <distort justice>
intransitive verb
:  to become distorted; also :  to cause a twisting from the true, natural, or normal
dis·tort·er noun

Examples of DISTORT

  1. Her face was distorted by pain.
  2. The odd camera angle distorted her figure in the photograph.
  3. The sound of the guitar was distorted.
  4. Heat caused the plastic to distort.
  5. She felt he was distorting the facts.
  6. The story was distorted by the press.
  7. The loss of both her parents at an early age distorted her outlook on life.

Origin of DISTORT

Latin distortus, past participle of distorquēre, from dis- + torquēre to twist — more at torture
First Known Use: 1567


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