- not truly or completely representing the facts or reality; misrepresented; false: She has a distorted view of life.
- twisted; deformed; misshapen.
- mentally or morally twisted, as with an aberration or bias: He has a distorted sense of values.
Origin of distorted
- to twist awry or out of shape; make crooked or deformed: Arthritis had distorted his fingers.
- to give a false, perverted, or disproportionate meaning to; misrepresent: to distort the facts.
- Electronics. to reproduce or amplify (a signal) inaccurately by changing the frequencies or unequally changing the delay or amplitude of the components of the output wave.
Origin of distort
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Examples from the Web for distorted
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“I think the attacks on Fareed are distorted, irresponsible, and unfair,” Weisberg emailed.Can Fareed Zakaria Survive A Plagiarism Firestorm?
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I speak here to warn people that the facts presented in the opera are incomplete and distorted.Rudy Giuliani: Why I Protested ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’
October 20, 2014
What we hear about the women of Everest is often sensationalized, exaggerated, reimagined or distorted—if we hear anything at all.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
But the Mandela legacy has also given South Africa a distorted sense of exceptionalism.Mandela: The Last Good Man
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That face, now ashy white, was distorted into a diabolical grin.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
The lurid light of the fire showed us ourselves in distorted shadows.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
The face of the dead man was distorted and blackened by the agony of strangulation.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
His view's so distorted it makes me mad, but there's something in it you can't get away from.The Harbor
And her face was distorted by an emotion that seemed of sorrow and anger mingled.A Spirit in Prison
- (often passive) to twist or pull out of shape; make bent or misshapen; contort; deform
- to alter or misrepresent (facts, motives, etc)
- electronics to reproduce or amplify (a signal) inaccurately, changing the shape of the waveform
Word Origin and History for distorted
1580s, from Latin distortus, past participle of distorquere "to twist different ways, distort," from dis- "completely" + torquere "to twist" (see thwart). Related: Distorted; distorting.