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
Recent Examples on the WebAmerican officials should be more hesitant still to distort or destabilize the politics of other countries, especially other democracies, for strategic gain.—Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Wilson has long suffered from mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder, with the latter known to cause hallucinations, paranoia and distorted reality.—Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 16 Feb. 2024 Featuring kids in online content may distort their self-esteem to be reliant on getting likes online, causing anxiety and stress.—Melissa Willets, Parents, 9 Feb. 2024 One source of confusion about economic affairs is that public perceptions of the economy are generally snapshots of longer-term trends, and are therefore inevitably distorting.—Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Apple chief financial officer Luca Maestri warned that year-on-year comparisons for the current quarter will be distorted by a post-COVID surge in demand in early 2023.—Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 2 Feb. 2024 The robocall incident is also one of several episodes that underscore the need for better policies within technology companies to ensure their AI services are not used to distort elections, AI experts said.—Pranshu Verma, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 Officials had ignored a 2004 warning from the State Allocation Board, which parcels out state school bond money, that lease-leaseback procedures were being distorted, potentially undermining the legal integrity of state school bonds.—Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 3 Feb. 2024 War is distorting the economy and sucking resources into military production at an unsustainable pace.—Tim Lister, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 See More
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Latin distortus, past participle of distorquēre, from dis- + torquēre to twist — more at torture entry 1