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contortionist

[kuh n-tawr-shuh-nist] /kənˈtɔr ʃə nɪst/
noun
1.
a person who performs gymnastic feats involving contorted postures.
2.
a person who practices contortion:
a verbal contortionist.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; contortion + -ist
Related forms
contortionistic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contortionistic

contortionist

/kənˈtɔːʃənɪst/
noun
1.
a performer who contorts his body for the entertainment of others
2.
a person who twists or warps meaning or thoughts: a verbal contortionist
Derived Forms
contortionistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for contortionistic

contortionist

n.

1841, from contortion + -ist.

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