twist·​ed | \ ˈtwi-stəd How to pronounce twisted (audio) \

Definition of twisted

: mentally or emotionally unsound or disturbed : sick a cruel, twisted mind And you know there will be some strange and twisted bitter man who will listen to all our messages.— Cynthia Heimel

Examples of twisted in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The result, then, was Darkman; this movie is weird, twisted, campy, and fun in a lot of ways. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 25 May 2022 The rich live differently than the rest of us, and that's never more evident than this chilling account of one family that plays a sick and twisted game with their tenants. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 24 May 2022 Several grotesquely twisted and perforated cars sat on the ground, tires long burned. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 24 May 2022 Symptoms of birds with avian flu include swimming in circles, twisted necks and tremors. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 May 2022 Which is clearly the work of Stephen King, just to make this more twisted. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, 19 May 2022 Church will play Agent Stone, said to be a cold and unyielding post-apocalyptic highway patrolman who rules the roads with a silver tongue and a twisted iron fist, prosecuting even the smallest crimes with the harshest of judgements. Joe Otterson, Variety, 19 May 2022 The markets in Saltivka were heavily hit, leaving many stalls reduced to scorched and twisted strands of metal. New York Times, 18 May 2022 That's created problems, such as when some internet forums users remade the Buffalo video with twisted attempts at humor. Barbara Ortutay, Chron, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of twisted

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of twisted was circa 1890

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27 May 2022

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“Twisted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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