distort

[dih-stawrt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to twist awry or out of shape; make crooked or deformed: Arthritis had distorted his fingers.
2.
to give a false, perverted, or disproportionate meaning to; misrepresent: to distort the facts.
3.
Electronics. to reproduce or amplify (a signal) inaccurately by changing the frequencies or unequally changing the delay or amplitude of the components of the output wave.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin distortus (past participle of distorquēre to distort), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + tor(qu)- (stem of torquēre to twist) + -tus past participle suffix

distorter, noun
distortive, adjective
nondistorting, adjective
nondistortingly, adverb
nondistortive, adjective
overdistort, verb (used with object)
undistorting, adjective


2. pervert, misconstrue, twist, falsify, misstate. See misrepresent.
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distort (dɪˈstɔːt)
 
vb
1.  (often passive) to twist or pull out of shape; make bent or misshapen; contort; deform
2.  to alter or misrepresent (facts, motives, etc)
3.  electronics to reproduce or amplify (a signal) inaccurately, changing the shape of the waveform
 
[C16: from Latin distortus misshapen, from distorquēre to turn different ways, from dis-1 + torquēre to twist]
 
dis'torted
 
adj
 
dis'tortedly
 
adv
 
dis'tortedness
 
n
 
dis'torter
 
n
 
dis'tortive
 
adj

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distort
1580s, from L. distortus, pp. of distorquere "to twist different ways, distort," from dis- "completely" + torquere "to twist" (see thwart). Related: Distorted; distorting.
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Example sentences
The writers of nature films and wildlife documentaries are so seriously
  afflicted in this way they distort science.
Each dream distorts your reality differently.
But, don't let fond childhood memories distort your financial sense.
They distort some facts and fabricate the rest.
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