Distort

Distort
Distort Dis*tort", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distorted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distorting}.] 1. To twist of natural or regular shape; to twist aside physically; as, to distort the limbs, or the body. [1913 Webster]

Whose face was distorted with pain. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

2. To force or put out of the true posture or direction; to twist aside mentally or morally. [1913 Webster]

Wrath and malice, envy and revenge, do darken and distort the understandings of men. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

3. To wrest from the true meaning; to pervert; as, to distort passages of Scripture, or their meaning.

Syn: To twist; wrest; deform; pervert. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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