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[rith -uh n] /ˈrɪð ən/
adjective, Archaic.
Origin of writhen
before 900; Middle English, Old English; see writhe, -en2 Unabridged
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  • Laying hold of a gnarled root that reached down like a writhen arm, he drew himself noiselessly up the slope.

    The Vinland Champions Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • They quickly fired the house, and thrusting away the wooden support under their feet, gave their necks to the noose to be writhen.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
  • She turned up to him her pitiful, writhen face, white as parchment.

    The Destroying Angel Louis Joseph Vance
  • And in the orchards were mounds, "writhen about with degrees like turninges of cokilshilles, to cum to the top without payn."

    Motor tours in Yorkshire Mrs. Rodolph Stawell
  • His pallid countenance was writhen with anguish, and his limbs shook.

    The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45 William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Then the Raven thought an' thought; an' he got very cur'ous to know why his young men died so writhen an' twisted.

    How The Raven Died Alfred Henry Lewis
  • With writhen trunks and stiff contorted limbs they take the storm and flying scud as poppies take the sun.

    California Mary Austin
  • Methought his detestable features at length enlarged, moved, and were writhen in mockery and scorn.

    The Devil's Elixir E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • He has drawn back a pace or two, and now stands leaning against one of the bent and writhen trunks of the old trees.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • Goneril kept shifting about to get herself into the narrow shadow cast by the split and writhen trunk.

British Dictionary definitions for writhen


a past participle of writhe
twisted; distorted
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