- twisted in a violent manner; distorted.
- twisted back on itself; convoluted.
Origin of contorted
- 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 contorted
The Hipgnosis founders took a quick look at the strangely-lit photos of contorted bodies….The Golden Age of Rock Album Covers
December 5, 2014
But then, with their contorted physiques and feral grimaces they speak directly to the Basquiats.The Art World’s New Gang War
May 1, 2014
It was sobering: the desperate denial, the contorted excuses.Why the South Loves Guns
December 16, 2012
Students moaned and grunted as they contorted their bodies into a succession of poses.Hilaria Thomas, Yoga Instructor (and the Next Mrs. Alec Baldwin)
May 22, 2012
She was our witness, and the rules were contorted to keep her from testifying.Sandra Fluke Wanted to Speak Up for Women Before Congress
February 20, 2012
The pink plump face was contorted in a furtive grimace of deprecation.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
The balloons were strained, contorted out of all proportion in their eagerness.Life Sentence
I had expected to see it discomposed, contorted, despairing.Falk
His face was contorted with devilish triumph, and I knew he meant to kill.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Foliage should always be studied at its prime, never when it is dried and contorted in its forms.Wood-Carving
- twisted out of shape
- (esp of petals and sepals in a bud) twisted so that they overlap on one side
- 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 contorted
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