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contort

Saltos de línea: con|tort
Pronunciación: /kənˈtɔːt
 
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Definición de contort en inglés:

verbo

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
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • 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.
Sinónimos
twist, screw up, distort
rare quirk
twist, wrench/bend out of shape, misshape, warp, buckle, deform;
North American pretzel

Origen

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

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  • torch from (Middle English):

    A torch in the original sense of ‘something soaked in an inflammable substance used to give light’ was often made of twisted hemp or other fibres. This is still the American meaning, and reflects the word's Latin origin, torquere ‘to twist’. Only in British English can torch describe a battery-powered electric lamp, which Americans call a flashlight. A torch song is a sad or sentimental song of unrequited love, whose name, used since the 1920s, comes from the phrase carry a torch for, ‘to love someone who does not love you in return’. The image in pass on the torch, ‘to pass on a tradition, especially one of learning or enlightenment’, is that of the runners in a relay race passing on the torch to each other, as was the custom in the ancient Greek Olympic Games. The Latin source of torch, torquere, is found in a large number of other English words. Most obviously it is the source of the engineer's torque (late 19th century), and the twisted Celtic neck-ring the torc (mid 19th century). Less obviously it is in contort (Late Middle English) ‘twist together’; distort (Late Middle English) ‘twist out of shape’; extort (early 16th century) ‘twist out of’; and retort (Late Middle English) ‘to twist back’ (the chemical apparatus gets its name from its twisted shape). Tortura ‘twisting, torment’ the Latin noun formed from the verb gives us torture and tortuous (both LME), and torment (Middle English). Thwart (Middle English) is an Old Norse word that goes back to the same Indo-European root.

Derivados

contortion

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sustantivo
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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