Synonyms & Antonyms of distort

1 to change so much as to create a wrong impression or alter the meaning of
  • the coach's message was so distorted after passing through so many people that it was unintelligible

Synonyms for distort

Words Related to distort

Near Antonyms for distort

2 to twist (something) out of a natural or normal shape or condition
  • if you keep distorting your face like that, someday it's going to freeze in that position

Synonyms for distort

Words Related to distort

Near Antonyms for distort

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About distort

How does the verb distort contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of distort are contort, deform, and warp. While all these words mean "to mar or spoil by or as if by twisting," distort and contort both imply a wrenching from the natural or normal, but contort suggests a more involved twisting and a more grotesque and painful result.

the odd camera angle distorts the figure

disease had contorted her body

In what contexts can deform take the place of distort?

Although the words deform and distort have much in common, deform may imply a change of shape through stress, injury, or accident of growth.

a face deformed by hatred

When is it sensible to use warp instead of distort?

In some situations, the words warp and distort are roughly equivalent. However, warp indicates an uneven shrinking that bends or twists out of a flat plane.

warped floorboards

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about distort

Time Traveler for distort

Time Traveler

The first known use of distort was in 1567

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Distort.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on distort

Dictionary: Definition of distort

Nglish: Translation of distort for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of distort for Arabic Speakers

Comments on distort

What made you want to look up distort? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!