contorted

[kuhn-tawr-tid]

Origin:
1615–25; contort + -ed2

contortedly, adverb
contortedness, noun
intercontorted, adjective
uncontorted, adjective
uncontortedly, adverb
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contort

[kuhn-tawrt]
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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contort (kənˈtɔːt)
 
vb
to twist or bend severely out of place or shape, esp in a strained manner
 
[C15: from Latin contortus intricate, obscure, from contorquēre to whirl around, from torquēre to twist, wrench]
 
con'tortive
 
adj

contorted (kənˈtɔːtɪd)
 
adj
1.  twisted out of shape
2.  (esp of petals and sepals in a bud) twisted so that they overlap on one side
 
con'tortedly
 
adv
 
con'tortedness
 
n

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contort
1622, from L. contortus, prp. of contorquere "to whirl, twist," from com- "together" + torquere "to twist" (see thwart). Related: Contorted (pp. adj., 1620s).
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Example sentences
That's impressive given the contorted models that others have come up with.
The building's contorted shape was simultaneously thrilling and frightening.
With her contorted limbs and grimacing face, she seemed unconscious, lost in
  the brainstorm that envelops seizure sufferers.
Aside from the somewhat contorted language, this is interesting for a few
  reasons.
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