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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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contortion

(kənˈtɔːʃən)
n
1. the act or process of contorting or the state of being contorted
2. a twisted shape or position
3. something twisted or out of the ordinary in character, meaning, etc: mental contortions.
conˈtortional adj
conˈtortioned adj
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con•tor•tion

(kənˈtɔr ʃən)

n.
1. the act or process of contorting.
2. the state of being contorted.
3. a contorted position.
4. something contorted.
[1605–15; < Latin]
con•tor′tion•al, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contortion - the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself)contortion - the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself)
change of shape - an action that changes the shape of something
2.contortion - a tortuous and twisted shape or positioncontortion - a tortuous and twisted shape or position; "they built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs"; "the acrobat performed incredible contortions"
distorted shape, distortion - a shape resulting from distortion
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contortion

noun twist, distortion, deformity, convolution, bend, knot, warp The symptoms of the poison included facial contortions.
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Translations
إلتِواء، حَرَكَة إلتِوائِيّه
zkřivenízkroucení
forvrængningforvridninggrimasse
aflögun
skrivenie
bükmeburuşturma

contortion

[kənˈtɔːʃən] N (= act) → retorcimiento m; (= movement) → contorsión f
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contortion

[kənˈtɔːrʃən] n [face] → crispation f; [acrobat, body] → contorsion f
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contortion

n (esp of acrobat)Verrenkung f; (of features)Verzerrung f; mental contortionsgeistige Verrenkungen plor Klimmzüge pl; he resorted to elaborate verbal contortions to avoid telling the truther hat sich gedreht und gewendet, um nicht die Wahrheit sagen zu müssen
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contortion

[kənˈtɔːʃn] n (of acrobat) → contorsione f, contorcimento
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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 periodicals archive ?
They are still supple enough to put their young bodies into contortioned positions and then be able to dismount and walk around after they reach their destination.
Rumour has it that she preaches them when they grow up contortioned or that if they annoy her she curses them to be cut or struck by lightning.