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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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"
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contort

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

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

contort

[kənˈtɔːt] VTretorcer
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contort

[kənˈtɔːrt] vttordre, crisper
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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
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contort

[kənˈtɔːt] vtcontorcere
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
me, you..." said Gerasim, trying to render his words more comprehensible by contorting them.
The most extraordinary thing about the man was, that he was contorting his face into the most fearful and astonishing grimaces that ever were beheld.
The clip features the 26-year-old model writhing in a bikini around the sand, contorting her body and posing up as she stands in the shallow waves and kneels on the beach, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Russian-born Zlata, who now lives in Germany, has been contorting herself since she was four.
But on the other hand, with disappearing resources, seas being fished out, forests being machined out of existence and the smothering, choking bloom of our populations, I doubt we will be around to witness the living Earth in its final contorting throes.
He's on the floor doing the 'sitting dog/duck' pose and contorting his body into weird shapes.
Not recommended by doctors, obviously, nor condoned by this newspaper - even if it does sound preferable to contorting yourself on a foam mat while a load of Gwyneth Paltrow clones prattle on about alfalfa sprouts.
About seventy-two million years ago (okay, the 1990s), Azita Youssef was the jernty lead singer of Chicago razor chix Scissor Girls, who screamed awesomely while contorting her body to look somehow octagonal.