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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contort, deform, distort, wringverb

    twist and press out of shape


  1. contortverb

    To twist in a violent manner; as, features contorted with fury.

    Etymology: con- + -tort, from Middle English, from contortus, past participle of contorquere, from com- + torqueo.

  2. contortverb

    To twist into or as if into a strained shape or expression.

    Etymology: con- + -tort, from Middle English, from contortus, past participle of contorquere, from com- + torqueo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contortverb

    to twist, or twist together; to turn awry; to bend; to distort; to wrest

    Etymology: [L. contortus, p. p. of contorquere to twist; con- + torquere to twist. See Torture.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contort

    kon-tort′, v.t. to twist or turn violently: to writhe.—adj. Contort′ed, twisted: folded or twisted back upon itself, as some parts of plants.—ns. Contor′tion, a violent twisting; Contor′tionist, a gymnast who practises contorted postures: one who twists words and phrases.—adj. Contort′ive, expressing contortion. [L. con, inten., and torquēre, tortum, to twist.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contort in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contort in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of contort in a Sentence

  1. Rudy Giuliani:

    Look, you can try to contort anything into anything, but if they have any degree of objectivity or fairness, it would be kind of ridiculous to say I was doing it on Lutsenko's behalf when I was representing the President of the United States.

  2. Jeff Davidson:

    Because major web sites invite anonymous visitor commentary and virtually never monitor it, they contort all of society: Pandora's global box has been opened and everyone has an opinion, no matter how under-informed they might be.

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  • تتلوى من الألمArabic
  • изкривявамBulgarian
  • contorsionarSpanish
  • tordreFrench
  • изгибать, скручивать, искажать, деформировать, искривлятьRussian
  • förvridaSwedish

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