[ kuhn-tawr-shuhn ]
See synonyms for: contortioncontortions on

  1. the act or process of contorting.

  2. the state of being contorted.

  1. a contorted position.

  2. 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

Other words from contortion

  • con·tor·tion·al, adjective
  • con·tor·tioned, adjective
  • un·con·tor·tioned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use contortion in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for contortion


/ (kənˈtɔːʃən) /

  1. the act or process of contorting or the state of being contorted

  2. a twisted shape or position

  1. something twisted or out of the ordinary in character, meaning, etc: mental contortions

Derived forms of contortion

  • contortional, adjective
  • contortioned, adjective

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