to twist the body about or squirm, as in pain, violent effort, uncontrolled passion, etc.
to shrink mentally, as in acute discomfort.
a writhing movement; a twisting of the body, as in pain.
- writh·er, noun
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How to use writhe in a sentence
No more wishing you could feel her hot breath on your neck as she writhes in ecstasy.Sotheby’s for Sex: The Problem with Auctioning Off Sex with A Porn Star | Aurora Snow | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To say this is easy, but in times of trial, when the conscience writhes in the presence of God, it is not so easy to do.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians | Martin Luther
He even writhes with laughter, and eats a corner of his shroud as if to prevent himself from bursting into a too unseemly mirth.Egypt (La Mort De Philae) | Pierre Loti
The sea rushes over the earth, for the Midgard-serpent writhes in giant rage and seeks to gain the land.The Younger Edda | Snorre
She writhes and wriggles rather than dances, and the feet play no part, except that the heels now and then thump the stage.The Story of Seville | Walter M. Gallichan
My hand rests upon a cool, moist creature that writhes under it,—an animated spinal column with four legs at one end of it.Summer Cruising in the South Seas | Charles Warren Stoddard
British Dictionary definitions for writhe
to twist or squirm in or as if in pain
(intr) to move with such motions
(intr) to suffer acutely from embarrassment, revulsion, etc
the act or an instance of writhing
- writher, noun
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