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contort

Syllabification: con·tort
Pronunciation: /kənˈtôrt
 
/

Definition of contort in English:

verb

Twist or bend out of its 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, bend out of shape, distort, misshape, warp, buckle, deform

Origin

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

Derivatives

contortion

1
Pronunciation: /kənˈtôrSHən/
noun
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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