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contort

[ kuhn-tawrt ]
/ kənˈtɔrt /
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Definition of contort

verb (used with object)
to twist, bend, or draw out of shape; distort.
verb (used without object)
to become twisted, distorted, or strained: His face contorted into a grotesque sneer.
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Origin of contort

1555–65; <Latin contortus twisted together, past participle of contorquēre.See con-, tort
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British Dictionary definitions for contort

contort
/ (kənˈtɔːt) /

verb
to twist or bend severely out of place or shape, esp in a strained manner

Derived forms of contort

contortive, adjective

Word Origin for contort

C15: from Latin contortus intricate, obscure, from contorquēre to whirl around, from torquēre to twist, wrench
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