In the garnature of the rictus there is also an essential difference.
The lovely lips twisted into a rictus sneer, frightening on that smooth young face, until she got them under control.
His gold tooth, gleaming in the light, made his rictus of passion more venomous, more malevolent still.
Then his mouth twisted in a rictus of dreadful mirth, so wrung was he with pain, yet so overcome by what he had seen.
The sensation of gaiety due to the sudden shock caused by the rictus of Gwynplaine was evidently not intended by Ursus.
He only stood and smiled—that awful smile which expressed more anguish than any rictus of pain.
rictus ampli, ad mandibul superioris basin vibrissis rigidis armati.
He lay back on the pillows again, with a smile that was twisted into a rictus of agony as a twinge wrung the injured limb.
Nor can the rictus caninus or the tortura oris have been other than spasms or oontractures of the face.
rictus, rik′tus, n. the gape of the bill: the throat of the calyx.