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English definition of “contort”

contort

verb [I or T]     /kənˈtɔːt/ US  /-ˈtɔːrt/
to (cause something to) twist or bend violently and unnaturally into a different shape or form: His face contorted with bitterness and rage.Bending, twisting and curving contorted     /-ˈtɔː.tɪd/ US  /-ˈtɔːr.t̬ɪd/ adjective contorted limbs/branchesBending, twisting and curvingPhysical irregularities contortion     /-ˈtɔː.ʃən/ US  /-ˈtɔːr.ʃən/ noun [C or U] facial/bodily contortionsPatterns and shapes
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