[ dih-stawr-tid ]
/ dɪˈstɔr tɪd /


not truly or completely representing the facts or reality; misrepresented; false: She has a distorted view of life.
twisted; deformed; misshapen.
mentally or morally twisted, as with an aberration or bias: He has a distorted sense of values.

Origin of distorted

First recorded in 1625–35; distort + -ed2


Definition for distorted (2 of 2)

[ dih-stawrt ]
/ dɪˈstɔrt /

verb (used with object)

to twist awry or out of shape; make crooked or deformed: Arthritis had distorted his fingers.
to give a false, perverted, or disproportionate meaning to; misrepresent: to distort the facts.
Electronics. to reproduce or amplify (a signal) inaccurately by changing the frequencies or unequally changing the delay or amplitude of the components of the output wave.

Origin of distort

1580–90; < Latin distortus (past participle of distorquēre to distort), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + tor(qu)- (stem of torquēre to twist) + -tus past participle suffix


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British Dictionary definitions for distorted

/ (dɪˈstɔːt) /

verb (tr)

(often passive) to twist or pull out of shape; make bent or misshapen; contort; deform
to alter or misrepresent (facts, motives, etc)
electronics to reproduce or amplify (a signal) inaccurately, changing the shape of the waveform

Derived forms of distort

Word Origin for distort

C16: from Latin distortus misshapen, from distorquēre to turn different ways, from dis- 1 + torquēre to twist
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