Definition of contort in English:

contort

Line breaks: con|tort
Pronunciation: /kənˈtɔːt
 
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verb

Twist or bend out of the normal shape: [with object]: a spasm of pain contorted his face [no object]: her face contorted with anger (as adjective contorted) contorted limbs figurative a contorted version of the truth
More example sentences
  • He twists and contorts the impossible and the plausible, having his characters do impossible things that make absolute sense.
  • Reed Richards acquires the power to contort into any shape he pleases.
  • It twists their faces and contorts their features.
Synonyms
twist, screw up, distort
rare quirk
twist, wrench/bend out of shape, misshape, warp, buckle, deform;
North American pretzel

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin contort- 'twisted round, brandished', from the verb contorquere, from con- 'together' + torquere 'twist'.

Derivatives

contortion

noun
More example sentences
  • His ideological contortions have twisted his internationalism beyond all recognition.
  • But again, this leads him into some strange contortions.
  • I've known yoga instructors who couldn't put themselves through these kind of contortions.

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