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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Prominences follow the twisted and constantly changing magnetic fields that envelop our star. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "Our Sun, the Still-mysterious Star That Gives Us Life," 12 June 2019 Commander Winslow, far different from the beloved Detective Stabler on Law & Order: SVU, has made Reddit go wild for his complex, twisted character. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Reddit’s Handmaid’s Tale Fans Are Freaking Out About Chris Meloni’s Character," 26 June 2019 Whether returning from a fractured foot, an ankle sprain, MCL sprain, tibial bone bruise, twisted ankles, strained hamstrings or a strained calf, Durant’s jumper has always been as good as new. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Durant’s history after injuries says he’ll excel for Warriors Monday," 10 June 2019 Lone chimneys—the rare structures that could actually withstand the fire—stood surrounded by ash and twisted metal. Caitlin Harrington, Outside Online, "A Muralist Paints the Camp Fire's Wreckage," 6 June 2019 Acting has always been kind of a twisted way of escaping my own problems and my own reality. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "“Booksmart” Star Diana Silvers Talks About That Awkward Sex Scene and Her Undying Love for Taylor Swift," 21 May 2019 The crash left a tangle of twisted, molten metal and the charred contents of the trucks, which included paper and food, on the highway. Christine Dempsey,, "State police release details of fiery, double-fatal crash on I-84 that closed highway for 13 hours," 4 June 2019 But, of course, Cersei’s version is dark, twisted, and lifeless—like her. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "The Jewelry on Game of Thrones Offers Clues to the Season 8 Finale," 18 May 2019 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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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