- an act or instance of distorting.
- the state of being distorted or the relative degree or amount by which something is distorted or distorts.
- anything that is distorted, as a sound, image, fact, etc.
- Optics. an aberration of a lens or system of lenses in which the magnification of the object varies with the lateral distance from the axis of the lens.
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
February 11, 2014
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
May 17, 2013
It would also rectify an ironic, and tragic, distortion of history.Could an African LGBT Activist Win the Nobel Peace Prize?
May 5, 2012
The extent of distortion and disinformation, of efforts to control Syrians' opinions, is mind-boggling, and terrifying.Syria's Media War
May 18, 2011
Radical militants do not represent mainstream Islam; their doctrine reflects a distortion of a great religion.Our Homegrown Terror Threat
January 1, 2010
Watch and remodel details if any distortion attends the drying process.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
This distortion of the story is true to the traditions of legend-making.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
It results in impoverishment and distortion and subsequent deficiency.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
To feel for others what they do not feel for themselves is a distortion of sympathy which often afflicts me.The King's Mirror
It was the ready exemplar of American distortion and absurdity in the domain of Art.Glances at Europe
- the act or an instance of distorting or the state of being distorted
- something that is distorted
- an aberration of a lens or optical system in which the magnification varies with the lateral distance from the axis
- 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
- psychol a change in perception so that it does not correspond to reality
- psychoanal the disguising of the meaning of unconscious thoughts so that they may appear in consciousness, e.g. in dreams
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.
- A twisting out of normal shape or form.
- A psychological defense mechanism that helps to repress or disguise unacceptable thoughts.
- Parataxic distortion.