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writhing

[ rahy-thing ]
/ ˈraɪ ðɪŋ /
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adjective
twisting about or squirming, as from pain, violent effort, uncontrolled passion, etc.: I saw a big red-tailed hawk carry a writhing blacksnake across the sky.
feeling or expressing acute mental discomfort or distress: His words were a writhing mix of anger and confusion and he didn't spare her any of it.
noun
an act or instance of twisting about or squirming: The writhing of these fly larvae around their food looks rather strange, but it turns out there's a reason for their wriggling.
the state of feeling or act of expressing acute mental discomfort or distress: Perpetual fear and mistrust, inner pain, or the writhing of conscience may render a human existence worse than death.
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Origin of writhing

writh(e) + -ing2 for the adjective senses; writh(e) + -ing1 for the noun senses

OTHER WORDS FROM writhing

writh·ing·ly, adverb
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