[rith-uh n]

adjective Archaic.


Origin of writhen

before 900; Middle English, Old English; see writhe, -en2
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Examples from the Web for writhen

Historical Examples of writhen

  • She turned up to him her pitiful, writhen face, white as parchment.

    The Destroying Angel

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • They quickly fired the house, and thrusting away the wooden support under their feet, gave their necks to the noose to be writhen.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

    Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")

  • He has drawn back a pace or two, and now stands leaning against one of the bent and writhen trunks of the old trees.


    Rhoda Broughton

  • Then the Raven thought an' thought; an' he got very cur'ous to know why his young men died so writhen an' twisted.

    How The Raven Died

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • Goneril kept shifting about to get herself into the narrow shadow cast by the split and writhen trunk.

British Dictionary definitions for writhen



a past participle of writhe


twisted; distorted
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