twist·ed | \ ˈtwi-stəd \

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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Now, Peter Fonda's comments are sick, twisted, ugly, demented and this is the insanity coming from America's left. Fox News, "Gorka: Suddenly the left care about minorities and children?," 21 June 2018 Another piece was about 2 inches long and twisted, and weighed about two-thirds of a pound, investigators said. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Investigators find two pieces of broken fan blade inside Southwest Airlines engine," 3 May 2018 Since its Sundance Film Festival debut, the film — a real-life roller-coaster ride into a dark and twisted history — has astonished and infuriated moviegoers in equal measures. Washington Post, "Documentary tells dark tale of triplets separated at birth," 28 June 2018 Massive roots and twisted tree limbs mark the ground in a tidy neighborhood in West Boca Raton. Vincent Crivelli,, "Storm rips through West Boca neighborhood," 7 June 2018 The man behind the character has a twisted vision of success, using a concussion storyline to lead to his heel turn in ROH. Justin Barrasso,, "Week in Wrestling: Bully Ray’s Throwback Character; Carmella on Her SmackDown Women’s Title," 16 May 2018 One of the first stops her characters make during a twisted road trip is the site where David Koresh’s Branch Davidian compound burned to the ground in 1993, 86 lives lost. David Martindale, star-telegram, "Julia Heaberlin takes readers on a dark ride in ‘Paper Ghosts’ | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 10 May 2018 What in her past life turned her into such a dedicated Gileadean, willing to tear down and psychologically/physically abuse the women who are forced to become Handmaids, only to build them back up with her twisted sense of care and discipline? Hank Stuever,, "We survived another grueling season of 'The Handmaid's Tale,' but here are 3 things we need from Season 3," 12 July 2018 Candyland can get competitive and Twister is a twisted ankle waiting to happen, but Operation is the low-key worst game of all time., "Dr. Pimple Popper's New Board Game Is Like Operation, But With Pimples," 10 July 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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