Contort meaning

kən-tôrt'
The definition of contort is to twist or bend out very out of shape.

When you taste something very sour and you twist your face up in an odd expression to show your displeasure, this is an example of a time when you contort your face.

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To twist, wrench, or bend out of proper or natural shape.

Fingers contorted by arthritis.

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To cause to deviate from what is normal, proper, or accurate.

The leaders of the movement contorted their own principles in trying to get what they wanted.

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To become contorted.
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To twist or wrench out of its usual form into one that is grotesque; distort violently.

A face contorted with pain.

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To twist in a violent manner; as, features contorted with fury.
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(intransitive) To twist into or as if into a strained shape or expression.
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Origin of contort

  • Latin contorquēre contort- to twist com- intensive pref. com– torquēre to twist terkw- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • con- + -tort, from Middle English, from Latin contortus, past participle of contorquere, from com- + torqueō (“twist, turn”).
    From Wiktionary