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distort

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of distort

  1. 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 of distort bend, color, cook, garble, falsify, fudge, misinterpret, misrelate, misrepresent, misstate, pervert, slant, twist, warpWords Related to distort misdescribe, misspeak, mistranslate; belie, camouflage, disguise, dissemble, gloss (over), mask, veil, whitewash; bowdlerize, censor; complicate, confound, confuse, mistake, mix (up); mystify, obscure; equivocate, fib, lie, palter, prevaricateNear Antonyms of distort clarify, clear (up), explain, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, spell out; decipher

  2. 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 of distort deform, contort, misshape, screw, squinch, torture, warpWords Related to distort deface, disfigure; wrench, wrest, wring; coil, curl, loop, spiral, twine, wind, wreatheNear Antonyms of distort straighten, unbend, uncurl

Synonym Discussion of distort

deform, distort, contort, warp means to mar or spoil by or as if by twisting. deform may imply a change of shape through stress, injury, or accident of growth.
    • a face deformed by hatred
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
warp indicates an uneven shrinking that bends or twists out of a flat plane.
    • warped floorboards


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