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