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dis·tort

 (dĭ-stôrt′)
tr.v. dis·tort·ed, dis·tort·ing, dis·torts
1. To twist out of a proper or natural relation of parts; misshape: a reflection distorted in the moving water; a face distorted in misery.
2. To cause to deviate from what is normal, reasonable, or accurate: "Though I knew how to translate exactly what she had told me, I realized that any translation would distort the deepest meaning of her message" (Richard Rodriguez).
3. Electronics To cause distortion in (a signal or waveform, for example).

[Latin distorquēre, distort- : dis-, apart; see dis- + torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]

dis·tort′er n.
Synonyms: distort, twist, deform, contort, warp
These verbs mean to alter form or character, usually disadvantageously. To distort is to change the physical shape of something, as by torsion or exaggerating certain features, or to misconstrue the meaning of something: "The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things" (Francis Bacon).
Twist applies to distortion of form or meaning: He twisted his mouth in pain. She accused me of twisting her words. Deform refers to change that disfigures and often implies the loss of desirable qualities such as beauty: Erosion deforms the landscape. Contort implies violent change that produces unnatural or grotesque effects: "The body of the bird ... contorted suddenly. Its back arching; its head and tail straining to feel the touch of the other; its taloned feet grappling for a hold on a world that was gone" (Pete Dunne).
Warp can refer to turning from a flat or straight form or from a true course or direction: The floorboards warped over the years. His judgment is warped by prejudice.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.distorted - so badly formed or out of shape as to be uglydistorted - so badly formed or out of shape as to be ugly; "deformed thalidomide babies"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "an ill-shapen vase"; "a limp caused by a malformed foot"; "misshapen old fingers"
unshapely - not well-proportioned and pleasing in shape; "a stout unshapely woman"
2.distorted - having an intended meaning altered or misrepresenteddistorted - having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented; "many of the facts seemed twisted out of any semblance to reality"; "a perverted translation of the poem"
artful, disingenuous - not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness; "an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the most disagreeable traits of his time"- David Cannadine; "a disingenuous excuse"

distorted

adjective
1. misrepresented, twisted, false, coloured, one-sided, biased, partial, perverted, slanted, garbled These figures give a distorted view.
2. deformed, bent, twisted, crooked, irregular, warped, buckled, disfigured, contorted, misshapen His face was distorted but recognizable.
Translations

distorted

[dɪsˈtɔːtɪd] ADJ (lit, fig) → distorsionado
he gave us a distorted version of the eventsnos dio una versión distorsionada de los hechos
a distorted impressionuna impresión distorsionada

distorted

[dɪˈstɔːrtɪd] adj
[picture, image] → déformé(e); [shape, sound] → déformé(e)
[view, idea, version] → faussé(e)

distorted

adj
(= unclear, inaccurate) sound, view, picture, reportverzerrt; she has an entirely distorted impression of eventssie sieht die Ereignisse völlig verzerrt; she has a distorted image of what is normalsie hat ein verzerrtes Bild davon, was normal ist
(= deformed, twisted) joints, bones, plantsverformt; mouth, faceentstellt

distorted

a. torcido-a; deformado-a; desfigurado-a.
References in classic literature ?
In this mirror the most beautiful landscapes looked like boiled spinach, and the best persons were turned into frights, or appeared to stand on their heads; their faces were so distorted that they were not to be recognised; and if anyone had a mole, you might be sure that it would be magnified and spread over both nose and mouth.
To take an obvious example, the comic mask is ugly and distorted, but does not imply pain.
One moment out of all that had happened last night stood vividly before my imagination; the moment when I struck a match and saw her pale, distorted face, with its look of torture.
I could catch glimpses of my face, white and ghastly, distorted with pain, in the cabin mirror.
That night nearly forty people lay under the starlight about the pit, charred and distorted beyond recognition, and all night long the common from Horsell to Maybury was deserted and brightly ablaze.
Now whoever will examine into the nature of animals, and also observe those people who are very desirous their children should acquire a warlike habit, will find that they feed them chiefly with milk, as being best accommodated to their bodies, but without wine, to prevent any distempers: those motions also which are natural to their age are very serviceable; and to prevent any of their limbs from being crooked, on account of their extreme ductility, some people even now use particular machines that their bodies may not be distorted.
Verily, rather would I see a shameless one than the distorted eyes of their shame and devotion!
A child knows if an arm or a leg be distorted in a picture; if the attitude be natural or grand or mean; though he has never received any instruction in drawing or heard any conversation on the subject, nor can himself draw with correctness a single feature.
exclaimed the little princess suddenly, her pretty face all at once distorted by a tearful grimace.
They began to give, each to each, distorted versions of the fight.
Brewer, pale with excitement, gazed intently into the distorted face.
Little did she realize that the tortuous and distorted evolution of the next three centuries would compel a Third Revolt and a Fourth Revolt, and many Revolts, all drowned in seas of blood, ere the world-movement of labor should come into its own.