distort

verb
dis·​tort | \ di-ˈstȯrt How to pronounce distort (audio) \
distorted; distorting; distorts

Definition of distort

transitive verb

1 : to twist (see twist entry 1 sense 3b) out of the true meaning or proportion : to alter to give a false or unnatural picture or account distorted the facts
2 : 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 The singer's voice was electronically distorted.
3 : pervert distort justice

intransitive verb

: to become distorted Heat caused the wax figures to distort. also : to cause a twisting from the true, natural, or normal

Other Words from distort

distorter noun

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deform, distort, contort, warp means to mar or spoil by or as if by twisting. deform may imply a change of shape through stress, injury, or accident of growth. a face deformed by hatred distort and contort both imply a wrenching from the natural or normal, but contort suggests a more involved twisting and a more grotesque and painful result. the odd camera angle distorts the figure disease had contorted her body warp indicates an uneven shrinking that bends or twists out of a flat plane. warped floorboards

Examples of distort in a Sentence

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web And that shows just how much Trump has helped distort and upend the Republican Party's sense of right and wrong. Joel Mathis, The Week, 22 Apr. 2022 But in a new interview, the singer got real about being a woman in the music industry, shedding some light on the truth behind how the media tried to distort her narrative. Andrea Towers, EW.com, 8 Apr. 2022 Netting and other fabrics can help with concealment, and using foliage to distort the contours of vehicles can help gives crews vital seconds to react to an engagement or attack themselves. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Mar. 2022 Among ample efforts to distort reality, the Russian Ministry of Defense asserted recently that U.S.-backed labs in Ukraine have been developing bioweapons. David Robert Grimes, Scientific American, 28 Mar. 2022 But that does not give Zelensky or anyone else license to distort history. David Harsanyi, National Review, 22 Mar. 2022 For many states, that means legislatures will still be able to wildly distort electoral maps, and critics will have little to no legal redress. Saoirse Gowan, The Week, 9 Mar. 2022 Economists say that seasonal adjustments made to the survey’s data to account for this have the potential to distort the survey in the other direction, given that the holiday shopping boom appeared to take place earlier this year than typical. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 Documentary filmmakers typically enjoy the freedom to distort and manipulate storylines to weave cohesive narratives. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of distort

1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for distort

Latin distortus, past participle of distorquēre, from dis- + torquēre to twist — more at torture entry 1

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The first known use of distort was in 1567

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18 May 2022

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“Distort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distort. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for distort

distort

verb
dis·​tort | \ di-ˈstȯrt How to pronounce distort (audio) \
distorted; distorting

Kids Definition of distort

1 : to twist out of shape
2 : to change so as to make untrue or inaccurate Reports distorted the facts.

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