[ kuh n-tawr-shuh n ]
/ kənˈtɔr ʃən /


the act or process of contorting.
the state of being contorted.
a contorted position.
something contorted or twisted, as in position or meaning: His account of the incident was a complete contortion of fact.

Origin of contortion

1605–15; < Latin contortiōn- (stem of contortiō) a whirling around. See contort, -ion

Related forms

con·tor·tion·al, adjectivecon·tor·tioned, adjectiveun·con·tor·tioned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contortion


/ (kənˈtɔːʃən) /


the act or process of contorting or the state of being contorted
a twisted shape or position
something twisted or out of the ordinary in character, meaning, etcmental contortions

Derived Forms

contortional, adjectivecontortioned, adjective
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