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

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The twisted vine motif recalls a wreath of flowers that might be worn by a woodland sprite. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "The Jewelry on Game of Thrones Offers Clues to the Season 8 Finale," 18 May 2019 Farinah wrote, sharing a photo of Beyoncé’s tight, twisted curls, finished with a sleek side part. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Beyoncé Embraces Her Natural Curls in a Showstopping Way," 28 Apr. 2019 The makeup black market is so twisted and has several layers. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Break-In and Theft," 2 Apr. 2019 At the heart of each case, however, is a twisted killer — and their victims, often slain in brutal ways, who suffered most. Chris Harris,, "Haunting Serial Killers and What Ended Their Bloody Reigns," 30 Apr. 2018 The entire episode is one long monologue, a raw, brutally honest dissection of their twisted relationship. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges," 24 Dec. 2018 Sometimes described as twisted mini buns, Bantu knots originated from the hundreds of ethnic groups spread across Southern Africa. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Bantu knots are the latest natural hairstyle at the center of a workplace dispute," 20 Dec. 2018 Other issues that urgent care facilities typically handle include pink eye, rashes, hives, ear pain, a twisted ankle, other musculoskeletal pains, and gynecologic issues such as urinary tract infections. 2. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "When to Go to Urgent Care Vs. the ER," 16 Feb. 2019 Boneyard Beach is a must-see, with its twisted and tangled skeletal remains of live oaks and cedar trees, beaten down and uprooted by storms and erosion, salt-washed, sea-bashed and sun-beaten. Bob Rountree,, "The Talbot Islands: paradise on the edge," 10 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of twisted

: strange and unpleasant : not normal

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a strong desire or propensity

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