noun, plural ric·tus, ric·tus·es.
Origin of rictus
Related formsric·tal, adjectivesub·ric·tal, adjective
Examples from the Web for rictus
Then his mouth twisted in a rictus of dreadful mirth, so wrung was he with pain, yet so overcome by what he had seen.The Terms of Surrender|Louis Tracy
The lovely lips twisted into a rictus sneer, frightening on that smooth young face, until she got them under control.The Tunnel Under The World|Frederik Pohl
Nor can the rictus caninus or the tortura oris have been other than spasms or oontractures of the face.Tics and Their Treatment|Henry Meigne
His gold tooth, gleaming in the light, made his rictus of passion more venomous, more malevolent still.The Air Trust|George Allan England
Rictus, rik′tus, n. the gape of the bill: the throat of the calyx.