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contort

[kuh n-tawrt] /kənˈtɔrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to twist, bend, or draw out of shape; distort.
verb (used without object)
2.
to become twisted, distorted, or strained:
His face contorted into a grotesque sneer.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin contortus twisted together, past participle of contorquēre. See con-, tort
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  • The fact that it is possible to so contort a plant is no justification for doing it.
  • Rolfers gouge with knuckles and knead with fists, contort limbs and lean into elbows to loosen tendons and ligaments.
  • After watching the party contort its policies and its principles, voters concluded it was not such a good idea.
  • But you can't contort your way through the back door, which is basically what they are trying to do.
  • The facial muscles twitch and contort, as if pummeled by a hail of invisible darts.
  • They have to really contort their minds to accept a devastating storm, that kills good people and lets bad ones survive.
  • Some fears about the cleanup were so strongly felt and so pervasive that the response had to contort itself around them.
  • Constant strong winds in alpine areas can contort the trunk and cause stunting.
  • McCoy would have us ignore this clear direction altogether, or contort its meaning beyond recognition.
  • Don't let them face you into the sun, it will contort your face and make you squint.
British Dictionary definitions for contort

contort

/kənˈtɔːt/
verb
1.
to twist or bend severely out of place or shape, esp in a strained manner
Derived Forms
contortive, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin contortus intricate, obscure, from contorquēre to whirl around, from torquēre to twist, wrench
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Word Origin and History for contort
v.

early 15c., from Latin contortus, past participle of contorquere "to whirl, twist together," from com- "together" or intensive (see com-) + torquere "to twist" (see thwart). Related: Contorted; contorting.

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