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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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British Dictionary definitions for contorting

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 contorting

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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