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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of contorquere, from com- ( COM-) + torquere 'to twist'

contort

verb
     
con‧tort [intransitive and transitive]
if you contort something, or if it contorts, it twists out of its normal shape and looks strange or unattractive
contort with/in
His face was contorted with rage.
His body contorted in agony.

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