contort

[ kuhn-tawrt ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to twist, bend, or draw out of shape; distort.

verb (used without object)
  1. to become twisted, distorted, or strained: His face contorted into a grotesque sneer.

Origin of contort

1
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
  1. to twist or bend severely out of place or shape, esp in a strained manner

Origin of contort

1
C15: from Latin contortus intricate, obscure, from contorquēre to whirl around, from torquēre to twist, wrench

Derived forms of contort

  • contortive, adjective

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