contortion

[kuhn-tawr-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of contorting.
2.
the state of being contorted.
3.
a contorted position.
4.
something contorted or twisted, as in position or meaning: His account of the incident was a complete contortion of fact.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin contortiōn- (stem of contortiō) a whirling around. See contort, -ion

contortional, adjective
contortioned, adjective
uncontortioned, adjective
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contortion (kənˈtɔːʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or process of contorting or the state of being contorted
2.  a twisted shape or position
3.  something twisted or out of the ordinary in character, meaning, etc: mental contortions
 
con'tortional
 
adj
 
con'tortioned
 
adj

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contortion
1610s, from L. contortionem, noun of action from contorquere (see contort).
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Example sentences
But the reward of these contortions is witnessing a vast watery underworld,
  some of which still remains unmapped.
It then launches into a series of strange contortions.
To their astonishment, one captured frog after another had five or more hind
  legs, some twisted in macabre contortions.
Sometimes the contortions required to maintain this fiction are hilarious.
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