Students moaned and grunted as they contorted their bodies into a succession of poses.
It was sobering: the desperate denial, the contorted excuses.
She was our witness, and the rules were contorted to keep her from testifying.
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.