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contortion

[kuh n-tawr-shuh n] /kənˈtɔr ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of contorting.
2.
the state of being contorted.
3.
a contorted position.
4.
something contorted or twisted, as in position or meaning:
His account of the incident was a complete contortion of fact.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin contortiōn- (stem of contortiō) a whirling around. See contort, -ion
Related forms
contortional, adjective
contortioned, adjective
uncontortioned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contortion

contortion

/kənˈtɔːʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of contorting or the state of being contorted
2.
a twisted shape or position
3.
something twisted or out of the ordinary in character, meaning, etc: mental contortions
Derived Forms
contortional, adjective
contortioned, adjective
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Word Origin and History for contortion
n.

early 15c., from Middle French contorsion or directly from Latin contortionem (nominative contorsio), noun of action from past participle stem of contorquere (see contort).

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