writhing


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.writhing - moving in a twisting or snake-like or wormlike fashion; "wiggly worms"
moving - in motion; "a constantly moving crowd"; "the moving parts of the machine"
References in classic literature ?
When from dark error's subjugation My words of passionate exhortation Had wrenched thy fainting spirit free; And writhing prone in thine affliction Thou didst recall with malediction The vice that had encompassed thee: And when thy slumbering conscience, fretting By recollection's torturing flame, Thou didst reveal the hideous setting Of thy life's current ere I came: When suddenly I saw thee sicken, And weeping, hide thine anguished face, Revolted, maddened, horror-stricken, At memories of foul disgrace.
The Sheep, writhing with pain, said, "Why do you hurt me so, Mistress?
See our line across the plain, Like a heel-rope bent again, Reaching, writhing, rolling far, Sweeping all away to war
In another instant Mbonga's knife would sever one of the victim's ears--that would mark the beginning of the end, for very shortly after only a writhing mass of mutilated flesh would remain.
His first care was given to the child, whose cries, indeed, as she lay writhing on the trundle-bed, made it of peremptory necessity to postpone all other business to the task of soothing her.
With a writhing motion she settled herself more securely in the hammock.
But sure enough there are those to whom virtue meaneth writhing under the lash: and ye have hearkened too much unto their crying!
Thus the whale-line folds the whole boat in its complicated coils, twisting and writhing around it in almost every direction.
It mattered not that they made him sea-sick--he made no account of this inconvenience; and, whilst his body was writhing under their effects, his spirit bounded with hopeful exultation.
Then something resembling a little grey snake, about the thickness of a walking stick, coiled up out of the writhing middle, and wriggled in the air towards me--and then another.
said Agnes to Gauchère, gazing at the little creature exposed, which was screaming and writhing on the wooden bed, terrified by so many glances.
And Tikhon, purposely writhing and making faces, pretended to be angry and swore at the French with the funniest curses.