contort

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Equivalent to con- + -tort; from Middle English, a borrowing from Latin contortus, past participle of contorqueō, 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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