contort

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con- + -tort, from Middle English, from Latin contortus, past participle of contorquere, from com- + torqueō ‎(twist, turn).

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contort ‎(third-person singular simple present contorts, present participle contorting, simple past and past participle contorted)

  1. (transitive) To twist in a violent manner.
    features contorted with fury.
  2. (intransitive) To twist into or as if into a strained shape or expression.

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