Definition of contort
- features contorted with fury
- His face contorted in a grimace of pain.
His body contorted with pain.
The boy contorted his body to squeeze through the gate.
Her face was contorted with rage.
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Circus contortionists are known for twisting their bodies into pretzels; such contortions tend to be easier for females than for males, and much easier for the young than for the old. When trying to say something uncomfortable or dishonest, people often go through verbal contortions. But when someone else "twists" something you said or did, we usually say instead that they've distorted it.
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