Definitions for: Distort


[v] alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy"
[v] make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
[v] distort; "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"
[v] form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted"
[v] twist and press out of shape



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*tort", a. [L. distortus, p. p. of distorquere to
twist, distort; dis- + torquere to twist. See Torsion.]
Distorted; misshapen. [Obs.]

Her face was ugly and her mouth distort. --Spenser.


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.

Whose face was distorted with pain. --Thackeray.

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

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

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

Syn: To twist; wrest; deform; pervert.

Synonyms: color, colour, deform, falsify, garble, strain, twine, twist, warp

Antonyms: untwist

See Also: belie, change form, change shape, contort, deform, distort, enlace, entangle, entwine, form, interlace, intertwine, interweave, jaundice, kink, lace, mangle, mat, misrepresent, morph, murder, mutilate, shape, snarl, spin, tangle, weave, wrench, wring

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