- to twist, bend, or draw out of shape; distort.
- to become twisted, distorted, or strained: His face contorted into a grotesque sneer.
Origin of contort
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Examples from the Web for contort
Adèle and Emma contort themselves into a plethora of sexual positions.The 10 Best Movie Sex Scenes of 2013: ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color,’ ‘Spring Breakers,’ and More
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There will be side deals and efforts to contort platforms to draw new votes that make predictions hazardous.France's Socialist Comeback?
October 10, 2011
Let talent writhe and contort itself as it may, it has no such magnetism.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
She did not see his face change and contort itself into malignancy.The Soul Stealer
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
I kept seeing that Spanish woman whirl around and contort, and—do you mind my telling you?The Golden House
Charles Dudley Warner
Contort the eyebrow sufficiently, and place the eyeball near it,—by a few lines you have anger or fierceness depicted.Roundabout Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
He could see her breast and shoulders heave and twist, and contort in a fury of effort.Angel Island
Inez Haynes Gillmore
- to twist or bend severely out of place or shape, esp in a strained manner
C15: from Latin contortus intricate, obscure, from contorquēre to whirl around, from torquēre to twist, wrench
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Word Origin and History for contort
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