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con·tort

 (kən-tôrt′)
v. con·tort·ed, con·tort·ing, con·torts
v.tr.
1. To twist, wrench, or bend out of proper or natural shape: fingers contorted by arthritis. See Synonyms at distort.
2. To cause to deviate from what is normal, proper, or accurate: The leaders of the movement contorted their own principles in trying to get what they wanted.
v.intr.
To become contorted: "Her face contorts with pain and horror, as if something deep inside her has been shattered" (Rachel Simon).

[Latin contorquēre, contort-, to twist : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]

con·tor′tion n.
con·tor′tive adj.

contort

(kənˈtɔːt)
vb
to twist or bend severely out of place or shape, esp in a strained manner
[C15: from Latin contortus intricate, obscure, from contorquēre to whirl around, from torquēre to twist, wrench]
conˈtortive adj

con•tort

(kənˈtɔrt)

v.t.
1. to twist, bend, or draw out of shape; distort.
v.i.
2. to become twisted, distorted, or strained.
[1555–65; < Latin contortus twisted together, past participle of contorquēre. See con-, tort]
con•tor′tive, adj.

contort


Past participle: contorted
Gerund: contorting

Imperative
contort
contort
Present
I contort
you contort
he/she/it contorts
we contort
you contort
they contort
Preterite
I contorted
you contorted
he/she/it contorted
we contorted
you contorted
they contorted
Present Continuous
I am contorting
you are contorting
he/she/it is contorting
we are contorting
you are contorting
they are contorting
Present Perfect
I have contorted
you have contorted
he/she/it has contorted
we have contorted
you have contorted
they have contorted
Past Continuous
I was contorting
you were contorting
he/she/it was contorting
we were contorting
you were contorting
they were contorting
Past Perfect
I had contorted
you had contorted
he/she/it had contorted
we had contorted
you had contorted
they had contorted
Future
I will contort
you will contort
he/she/it will contort
we will contort
you will contort
they will contort
Future Perfect
I will have contorted
you will have contorted
he/she/it will have contorted
we will have contorted
you will have contorted
they will have contorted
Future Continuous
I will be contorting
you will be contorting
he/she/it will be contorting
we will be contorting
you will be contorting
they will be contorting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been contorting
you have been contorting
he/she/it has been contorting
we have been contorting
you have been contorting
they have been contorting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been contorting
you will have been contorting
he/she/it will have been contorting
we will have been contorting
you will have been contorting
they will have been contorting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been contorting
you had been contorting
he/she/it had been contorting
we had been contorting
you had been contorting
they had been contorting
Conditional
I would contort
you would contort
he/she/it would contort
we would contort
you would contort
they would contort
Past Conditional
I would have contorted
you would have contorted
he/she/it would have contorted
we would have contorted
you would have contorted
they would have contorted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.contort - twist and press out of shape
morph - change shape as via computer animation; "In the video, Michael Jackson morphed into a panther"
distort, twine, twist - form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted"
wring, wrench - twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish; "Wring one's hand"
wring - twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid; "wring the towels"

contort

verb twist, knot, distort, warp, deform, misshape His face contorts as he screams out the lyrics.

contort

verb
To alter and spoil the natural form or appearance of:
Translations
يَلْتَوي، يَتَلَوّى
zkřivitzkroutit
fortrækkeforvride
afskræma
iškraipymasiškraipytiperkreipti
sagrieztsaliektsaviebt
bükmekburuşturmak

contort

[kənˈtɔːt] VTretorcer

contort

[kənˈtɔːrt] vttordre, crisper

contort

vt
one’s features, metalverziehen (into zu); limbsverrenken, verdrehen; a face contorted with painein schmerzverzerrtes Gesicht; a contorted smileein verkrampftes Lächeln
(fig) wordsverdrehen; report alsoverzerren

contort

[kənˈtɔːt] vtcontorcere

contort

(kənˈtoːt) verb
to twist or turn violently. His face was contorted with pain.
conˈtortion (-ʃən) noun
conˈtortionist noun
an entertainer who contorts his body.
References in classic literature ?
All the oarsmen are involved in its perilous contortions; so that to the timid eye of the landsman, they seem as Indian jugglers, with the deadliest snakes sportively festooning their limbs.
When Madame Lebrun complained that it was so dull coming back to the city; that she saw so few people now; that even Victor, when he came up from the island for a day or two, had so much to occupy him and engage his time; then it was that the youth went into contortions on the lounge and winked mischievously at Edna.
Ben Gunn was on deck alone, and as soon as we came on board he began, with wonderful contortions, to make us a confession.
Up and down swam the fish, then he made the most dreadful contortions, and became suddenly quite still.
The blacks continued to show their displeasure by grimaces and contortions. Their obi-men, or wizards, went up and down among the angry throngs, pouring fuel on the flame of their fanaticism; and some of the excited wretches, more furious and daring than the rest, attempted to get to the island by swimming, but they were easily driven off.
The babe sat on the floor watching the scene, his face in contortions like that of a woman at a tragedy.
But all the field afternoons and recitation Fridays and physical culture contortions paled before a project which Miss Stacy brought forward in November.
But Pearl, not a whit startled at her mother's threats any more than mollified by her entreaties, now suddenly burst into a fit of passion, gesticulating violently, and throwing her small figure into the most extravagant contortions She accompanied this wild outbreak with piercing shrieks, which the woods reverberated on all sides, so that, alone as she was in her childish and unreasonable wrath, it seemed as if a hidden multitude were lending her their sympathy and encouragement.
Few animals were observed on the route; even the monkeys hurried from their path with contortions and grimaces which convulsed Passepartout with laughter.
O-o-h!" and here he rolled upon the bottom of the nest in such contortions that he frightened them all.
no, not one, for your lives!' continued he, exultingly; laying the nest on the ground, and standing over it with his legs wide apart, his hands thrust into his breeches-pockets, his body bent forward, and his face twisted into all manner of contortions in the ecstasy of his delight.
A fiendish rage animated him as he said this; his face was wrinkled into contortions too horrible for human eyes to behold; but presently he calmed himself and proceeded--