[ rith-uhn ]

  1. twisted.

Origin of writhen

before 900; Middle English, Old English; see writhe, -en2

Words Nearby writhen

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How to use writhen in a sentence

  • He gazed down on her woe-writhen face, with its closed eyes that would not meet his own.

    For Woman's Love | Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Methought his detestable features at length enlarged, moved, and were writhen in mockery and scorn.

    The Devil's Elixir | E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • She turned up to him her pitiful, writhen face, white as parchment.

    The Destroying Angel | Louis Joseph Vance
  • Laying hold of a gnarled root that reached down like a writhen arm, he drew himself noiselessly up the slope.

    The Vinland Champions | Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • With writhen trunks and stiff contorted limbs they take the storm and flying scud as poppies take the sun.

    California | Mary Austin

British Dictionary definitions for writhen


/ (ˈrɪðən) archaic, or poetic /

  1. a past participle of writhe

  1. twisted; distorted

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