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contorted

[kuh n-tawr-tid] /kənˈtɔr tɪd/
adjective
1.
twisted in a violent manner; distorted.
2.
twisted back on itself; convoluted.
Origin of contorted
1615-1625
1615-25; contort + -ed2
Related forms
contortedly, adverb
contortedness, noun
intercontorted, adjective
uncontorted, adjective
uncontortedly, adverb

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
1555-65; < Latin contortus twisted together, past participle of contorquēre. See con-, tort
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  • His face was contorted in a surprised grimace and the flesh was suddenly white and lifeless.

    The Second Voice Mann Rubin
  • The balloons were strained, contorted out of all proportion in their eagerness.

    Life Sentence James McConnell
  • Here he was indignant, and his face was contorted with anger.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Foliage should always be studied at its prime, never when it is dried and contorted in its forms.

    Wood-Carving George Jack
  • The face of the dwarf was contorted with merriment which made it the more hideous.

    Romance of Roman Villas Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
British Dictionary definitions for contorted

contorted

/kənˈtɔːtɪd/
adjective
1.
twisted out of shape
2.
(esp of petals and sepals in a bud) twisted so that they overlap on one side
Derived Forms
contortedly, adverb
contortedness, noun

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 contorted

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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