Monday, October 09, 2000
Definitions for rictus
- The gape of the mouth, as of birds.
- A gaping grin or grimace.
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Citations for rictus
A rictus of cruel malignity lit up greyly their old bony faces.
His belly swelled grotesquely, his hands curled, his cheeks puffed out, his mouth contorted in a rictus of pain and astonishment.
Origin of rictus
Rictus is from Latin rictus, "the open mouth," from ringi, "to show the teeth."