: 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>
: to become distorted; also : to cause a twisting from the true, natural, or normal
— dis·tort·er noun
Examples of DISTORT
- Her face was distorted by pain.
- The odd camera angle distorted her figure in the photograph.
- The sound of the guitar was distorted.
- Heat caused the plastic to distort.
- She felt he was distorting the facts.
- The story was distorted by the press.
- The loss of both her parents at an early age distorted her outlook on life.
Origin of DISTORT
past participle of distorquēre,
to twist — more at torture
First Known Use: 1567
Related to DISTORT
- bend, color, cook, garble, falsify, fudge, misinterpret, misrelate, misrepresent, misstate, pervert, slant, twist, warp
See Synonym Discussion at deform
Rhymes with DISTORT
, blood sport
, fall short
, for short
, free port
, home port
, in short
, sell short
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