View synonyms for distorted


[ dih-stawr-tid ]


  1. not truly or completely representing the facts or reality; misrepresented; false:

    She has a distorted view of life.

  2. twisted; deformed; misshapen.
  3. mentally or morally twisted, as with an aberration or bias:

    He has a distorted sense of values.

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Other Words From

  • dis·torted·ly adverb
  • dis·torted·ness noun
  • nondis·torted adjective
  • nondis·torted·ly adverb
  • nondis·torted·ness noun
  • undis·torted adjective
  • undis·torted·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of distorted1

First recorded in 1625–35; distort + -ed 2

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Example Sentences

While the original news article was accurate, fact-checking group PolitiFact has said that the Bell’s palsy story has become exaggerated and distorted.

If we hope to ever address racial injustice, then we need to stop presenting our distorted data as “ground truth.”

Juried by Shanti Norris, chief curator for the Integrated Arts and Healing program at Fairfax County’s Inova Schar Cancer Institute, the show includes many images of distorted or shattered figures.

Another possible symptom is a distorted sense of smell or taste.

Musk described this type of paralysis as caused by distorted electrical signals in the brain.

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It starts off like any other Lana tune, replete with minor chords and humming, distorted vocals.

“I think the attacks on Fareed are distorted, irresponsible, and unfair,” Weisberg emailed.

I speak here to warn people that the facts presented in the opera are incomplete and distorted.

Potentially violent men, with raging distorted views of reality, get to decide.

What we hear about the women of Everest is often sensationalized, exaggerated, reimagined or distorted—if we hear anything at all.

To this end they spread a distorted epitome of his favourite views, amongst their retainers.

He may have nothing to boast about himself, and his distorted mind may magnify the deeds of the younger man.

The news of Bruce's success, no doubt exaggerated and distorted, produced a great sensation in the northern parts of Scotland.

He would try whether, in a new state of life, the same distorted individuality was a necessary possession.

Because the injustice and absurdity of English law had distorted and besmirched her own perfectly legitimate action.


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