grimace

[grim-uhs, gri-meys]
noun
1.
a facial expression, often ugly or contorted, that indicates disapproval, pain, etc.
verb (used without object), grimaced, grimacing.
2.
to make grimaces.

Origin:
1645–55; < FrenchFrankish *grima mask (cf. grime, grim) + -azo < Latin -āceus -aceous

grimacer, noun
grimacingly, adverb
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grimace (ɡrɪˈmeɪs)
 
n
1.  an ugly or distorted facial expression, as of wry humour, disgust, etc
 
vb
2.  (intr) to contort the face
 
[C17: from French grimace, of Germanic origin; related to Spanish grimazo caricature; see grim]
 
gri'macer
 
n
 
gri'macingly
 
adv

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grimace
1651, from Fr. grimace, from M.Fr. grimache, from O.Fr. grimuche, possibly from Frank. (cf. O.S. grima), from same P.Gmc. root as grim, + pejorative suffix -azo (from L. -aceus).
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Example sentences
When you burn your finger, the grimace on your face sends a universal message.
If you take a close look you will still be able to see the grimace in their
  faces.
There certainly was somewhat of disdain and mockery in that captivating grimace.
The man's pants are rolled to the knees; his expression is part grimace, part
  grin.
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