Contort Definition

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contorted, contorting, contorts
To twist or wrench out of its usual form into one that is grotesque; distort violently.
A face contorted with pain.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To become contorted.
American Heritage

Origin of Contort

  • con- + -tort, from Middle English, from Latin contortus, past participle of contorquere, from com- + torqueō (“twist, turn”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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