Contortion (noun)

A twisting or bending out of the proper or natural shape; a distortion.


Late 16th century. from latin contortio, from contorquere.


  1. The contortion of the metal frame indicated that the building had sustained heavy damage.
  2. The gymnast's contortion was a remarkable feat of strength and flexibility.
  3. The contortion of her face showed her pain and suffering.
  4. The contortion of the truth made it difficult to believe the witness's testimony.
  5. The contortion of the road as it wound around the mountain was dizzying.
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