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writhe

 (rīth)
v. writhed, writh·ing, writhes
v.intr.
1. To make twisting bodily movements, as in pain or struggle.
2. To move with a twisting or contorted motion: A snake writhed out of the bushes.
3. To suffer emotional or physical distress, as from embarrassment or anguish: "She writhed at the bare idea that he might pay court to some girl" (W. Somerset Maugham).
v.tr.
To cause to twist or squirm; contort: "His lips ... were now writhed into unholy contortions" (Stephen Crane).
n.
The act or an instance of writhing: "'If I may umbly make the remark,' said Uriah Heep with a writhe" (Charles Dickens).

[Middle English writhen, from Old English wrīthan; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

writh′er n.

writhe

(raɪð)
vb
1. to twist or squirm in or as if in pain
2. (intr) to move with such motions
3. (intr) to suffer acutely from embarrassment, revulsion, etc
n
the act or an instance of writhing
[Old English wrīthan; related to Old High German rīdan, Old Norse rītha. See wrath, wreath, wrist, wroth]
ˈwrither n

writhe

(raɪð)

v. writhed, writh•ing,
n. v.i.
1. to twist the body about, as in pain or effort.
2. to suffer acute embarrassment.
v.t.
3. to twist or bend out of shape or position; contort.
4. to twist (oneself, the body, etc.) about, as in pain.
n.
5. a twisting of the body, as in pain.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English wrīthan to twist, wind, c. Old High German rīdan, Old Norse rītha; akin to wreath]
writh′er, n.
writh′ing•ly, adv.

writhe


Past participle: writhed
Gerund: writhing

Imperative
writhe
writhe
Present
I writhe
you writhe
he/she/it writhes
we writhe
you writhe
they writhe
Preterite
I writhed
you writhed
he/she/it writhed
we writhed
you writhed
they writhed
Present Continuous
I am writhing
you are writhing
he/she/it is writhing
we are writhing
you are writhing
they are writhing
Present Perfect
I have writhed
you have writhed
he/she/it has writhed
we have writhed
you have writhed
they have writhed
Past Continuous
I was writhing
you were writhing
he/she/it was writhing
we were writhing
you were writhing
they were writhing
Past Perfect
I had writhed
you had writhed
he/she/it had writhed
we had writhed
you had writhed
they had writhed
Future
I will writhe
you will writhe
he/she/it will writhe
we will writhe
you will writhe
they will writhe
Future Perfect
I will have writhed
you will have writhed
he/she/it will have writhed
we will have writhed
you will have writhed
they will have writhed
Future Continuous
I will be writhing
you will be writhing
he/she/it will be writhing
we will be writhing
you will be writhing
they will be writhing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been writhing
you have been writhing
he/she/it has been writhing
we have been writhing
you have been writhing
they have been writhing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been writhing
you will have been writhing
he/she/it will have been writhing
we will have been writhing
you will have been writhing
they will have been writhing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been writhing
you had been writhing
he/she/it had been writhing
we had been writhing
you had been writhing
they had been writhing
Conditional
I would writhe
you would writhe
he/she/it would writhe
we would writhe
you would writhe
they would writhe
Past Conditional
I would have writhed
you would have writhed
he/she/it would have writhed
we would have writhed
you would have writhed
they would have writhed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.writhe - to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)writhe - to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
wrench - make a sudden twisting motion

writhe

verb squirm, struggle, twist, toss, distort, thrash, jerk, wriggle, wiggle, contort, convulse, thresh He was writhing on the floor in agony.

writhe

verb
1. To twist and turn, as in pain, struggle, or embarrassment:
2. To move or proceed with short irregular motions up and down or from side to side:
Translations
يَتَلَوّى
vonaglik
engjast um
locītiesmētāties
kıvranmak

writhe

[raɪð] VIretorcerse
to writhe with or in painretorcerse de dolor
to writhe with embarrassmentmorirse de vergüenza or (LAm) pena
writhe about writhe around VI + ADVretorcerse

writhe

[ˈraɪð] vise tordre

writhe

visich krümmen, sich winden (→ with, in vor +dat); to writhe in ecstasysich vor Lust wälzen; to make somebody writhe (painfully) → jdn vor Schmerzen zusammenzucken lassen; (with disgust) → jdm kalte Schauer über den Rücken jagen, jdn erschauern lassen; (with embarrassment) → jdn in peinliche Verlegenheit bringen

writhe

[raɪð] vicontorcersi
to writhe with embarrassment → morire di vergogna

writhe

(raið) verb
to twist violently to and fro, especially in pain or discomfort. to writhe in agony; She writhed about when I tickled her.

writhe

vi retorcerse
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The more the worms writhe, the more I yearn to crush out their entrails
I shall have a hunch on my back and then I shall die," and he began to writhe again and turned on his face and sobbed and wailed but he didn't scream.
Princess of Helium, I might wring a mighty ransom from your people would I but return you to them unharmed, but a thousand times rather would I watch that beautiful face writhe in the agony of torture; it shall be long drawn out, that I promise you; ten days of pleasure were all too short to show the love I harbor for your race.
Captain Nemo pointed out the hideous crustacean, which a blow from the butt end of the gun knocked over, and I saw the horrible claws of the monster writhe in terrible convulsions.
Still, let it not be supposed that amid this affected resignation to the will of Providence, the unfortunate inn-keeper did not writhe under the double misery of seeing the hateful canal carry off his customers and his profits, and the daily infliction of his peevish partner's murmurs and lamentations.
This spectacle of gradual strangulation made the youth writhe, and once as his friend rolled his eyes, he saw something in them that made him sink wailing to the ground.
At ten o'clock the guns of the Louvre announced the departure of the king, and then a movement, similar to that of trees in a stormy wind that bend and writhe with agitated tops, ran though the multitude, which was compressed behind the immovable muskets of the guard.
But, once down, he would writhe on the deck, gnashing his teeth in impotent rage - which was pretty horrible to behold.
No, no, it is impossible," he added in Russian with a writhe.
Although this beast approached us, as I have before said, with the greatest rapidity, it must have been moved altogether by necromancy- for it had neither fins like a fish nor web-feet like a duck, nor wings like the seashell which is blown along in the manner of a vessel; nor yet did it writhe itself forward as do the eels.
And now again the music swells, and the dreams live, and writhe to and fro more merrily than ever, taking hue from the many tinted windows through which stream the rays from the tripods.
Each hair was about the bigness of a large angleworm, and as the thing moved the muscles of its scalp this awful head-covering seemed to writhe and wriggle and crawl about the fearsome face as though indeed each separate hair was endowed with independent life.