Origin of distortion
Examples from the Web for distortion
Disguise, distortion, and deception were accepted as reality.What Cold War CIA Interrogators Learned from the Nazis|Annie Jacobsen|February 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ad is a distortion based on blatantly spliced quotes—and as you might expect, facts are the first casualty.The Obama Scandals Are Desperate Measures by the GOP|Robert Shrum|May 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It would also rectify an ironic, and tragic, distortion of history.Could an African LGBT Activist Win the Nobel Peace Prize?|Jay Michaelson|May 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The extent of distortion and disinformation, of efforts to control Syrians' opinions, is mind-boggling, and terrifying.
Radical militants do not represent mainstream Islam; their doctrine reflects a distortion of a great religion.
Presently, noting Luisa's pallor, and the distortion of her features, he motioned to a girl to take her place.The Patriot|Antonio Fogazzaro
A slight, very slight, distortion marked his features, and a faint tremor seemed to quiver on his lip.Roland Cashel|Charles James Lever
Any distortion of the face by mental agony implies that a struggle with circumstance is going on.Ruth|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Redundancy has been mistaken for plenitude, flimsiness for ease, and distortion for energy.Coelebs In Search of a Wife|Hannah More
After this distortion the book passed into not altogether unmerited oblivion.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature|John Addington Symonds
British Dictionary definitions for distortion
- an undesired change in the shape of an electromagnetic wave or signal
- the result of such a change in waveform, esp a loss of clarity in radio reception or sound reproduction
Word Origin and History for distortion
1580s, "action of distorting," from Latin distortionem (nominative distortio), noun of action from past participle stem of distorquere (see distort). Figurative use (of words, etc.) from 1640s.