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contortion

[ kuhn-tawr-shuhn ]
/ kənˈtɔr ʃən /
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noun
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.
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Origin of contortion

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

OTHER WORDS FROM contortion

con·tor·tion·al, adjectivecon·tor·tioned, adjectiveun·con·tor·tioned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contortion

contortion
/ (kənˈtɔːʃən) /

noun
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 of contortion

contortional, adjectivecontortioned, adjective
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