Definition of contort in English:

contort

verb

  • Twist or bend out of the normal shape.

    with object ‘a spasm of pain contorted his face’
    no object ‘her face contorted with anger’
    ‘contorted limbs’
    figurative ‘a contorted version of the truth’
    • ‘Athletes contort and bend in unnatural positions.’
    • ‘She is tremendously emotive, contorting her facial features into the ugliest conceivable shapes.’
    • ‘Reed Richards acquires the power to contort into any shape he pleases.’
    • ‘Zack's face contorts in barely controlled anger.’
    • ‘Her face contorted with pain and shock as if she'd just walked into a lamp post.’
    • ‘He twists and contorts the impossible and the plausible, having his characters do impossible things that make absolute sense.’
    • ‘They never did make any sense and were often contorted versions of a day at the orphanage.’
    • ‘His little face would contort in pain every time he coughed or sneezed, and he was suffering quite badly.’
    • ‘Her face contorts in pain as she moves but she remains in her restless sleep.’
    • ‘Her face was contorted, twisted almost beyond recognition in agony.’
    • ‘There was such a look of abject pain contorting her delicate features that he suddenly felt like an absolute scoundrel.’
    • ‘Because the body is often contorted into new shapes, training is a particularly associated with picking up injuries.’
    • ‘His face contorts in pain, and his right arm clutches his heart.’
    • ‘He looked at me for a moment, his face contorted with pain, and reached out to touch my cheek.’
    • ‘Rick snapped, his features contorting in anger.’
    • ‘Her face contorted with the pain but she wrenched harder, thinking of her freedom.’
    • ‘He then proceeded to twist and contort his features into a splendidly ugly mask of itself.’
    • ‘His face was contorted with pain and the source did not seem to be his injury alone.’
    • ‘It twists their faces and contorts their features.’
    • ‘I reached Rob, and he was still face down, contorting his limbs but making no move to get up.’
    twist, screw up, distort
    twist, bend out of shape, wrench out of shape, misshape, warp, buckle, deform
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin contort- ‘twisted round, brandished’, from the verb contorquere, from con- ‘together’ + torquere ‘twist’.

Pronunciation

contort

/kənˈtɔːt/