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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Recent Examples on the Web In a twisted, inverse way, sitting in the dark last month drove that point home. Greg Jefferson, San Antonio Express-News, "Jefferson: 'People were weeping' - Rebuilding trust after winter storm a tall order for CPS Energy and CEO Paula Gold-Williams," 12 Mar. 2021 What's missing is the twisted sense of humor that in many ways defined his most enduring early forays into the macabre. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, "From 'Love it to Death' to 'Detroit Stories': The best Alice Cooper albums ranked," 16 Mar. 2021 It’s a truly twisted and odd kind of holiday classic that’s kind of like The Santa Clause crossed with The Thing. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 40 Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime," 24 Jan. 2021 The gnarly, gothic, twisted gates look like something straight out of Halloweentown, turning the familiar Y2K soft pop track into something playfully sinister. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "Replace Carpool Karaoke with Spooky Graveyard Karaoke," 7 Mar. 2021 As the walls of her beautiful dark twisted television fantasy dissipates, Wanda, Vision, and the twins retire to their home for their goodbyes. Chancellor Agard,, "WandaVision finale recap: Even an android can cry," 5 Mar. 2021 Every Russian family has a story worthy of a gnarly Russian novel, not because Russians are so twisted, but because twentieth-century Russian terror worked by slicing through all bonds. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "“Dear Comrades!” Is the Story of Two Russian Families and a Century of Terror," 27 Feb. 2021 Among distressed and twisted stitch lines sat layered pockets with hints of steel blue and bumblebee yellow. Hannah Karpel, Vogue, "The New Names to Know From London Fashion Week’s Fall 2021 Season," 26 Feb. 2021 The blast left twisted conduit pipes littering the tunnel floor and tore up railroad tracks inside the corridor, with noxious smoke curling off the rubble. Leo Deluca, Scientific American, "Black Inventor Garrett Morgan Saved Countless Lives with Gas Mask and Improved Traffic Lights," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Twisted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of twisted

: strange and unpleasant : not normal

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