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