American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To twist out of a proper or natural relation of parts; misshape.
- v. To give a false or misleading account of; misrepresent.
- v. To cause to work in a twisted or disorderly manner; pervert.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To twist or wrest out of shape; alter the shape of; change from the proper to an improper or unnatural shape; represent by an image having a shape somewhat different from nature.
- Hence—2. To turn away or pervert; cause to give or to receive erroneous views or impressions; mislead; bias.
- To wrest from the true meaning; pervert the truth regarding; misrepresent.
- Synonyms and To contort, deform, bend.
- To misapply, misuse.
- Twisted out of shape; distorted.
- v. transitive To bring something out of shape.
- v. intransitive, ergative To become misshapen.
- v. transitive To give a false or misleading account of
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Distorted; misshapen.
- v. To twist of natural or regular shape; to twist aside physically.
- v. To force or put out of the true posture or direction; to twist aside mentally or morally.
- v. To wrest from the true meaning; to pervert.
- v. affect as in thought or feeling
- v. form into a spiral shape
- v. alter the shape of (something) by stress
- v. twist and press out of shape
- v. make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
- From Latin distortum, past participle of distorquēre ("to twist, torture, distort") (Wiktionary)
- Latin distorquēre, distort- : dis-, apart; see dis- + torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Every word has a specific meaning that will be twisted to distort from the true menaing and intent or to veil it in a shroud of uncertainty.”
“Doesn't he realize he's calling 36 million Americans "socialists" and promoters of "communism" when he and Palin distort Obama's tax policies the way they do?”
“Those pejorative theological terms distort and distract.”
“He said McConnell also gets outside help to "distort" Lunsford record.”
“Therefore, the government reasons, corporate expenditures "distort" the political process and must be banned.”
“It means that they are qualified to lecture Judge Sotomayor on not letting her background and experience as a Latina "distort" her judgment or decisions in the cases she would review, even as they are guilty of the same thing — or would be if only they had an ethnic identity or background distinct from the dominant culture.”
“The grain traders even responded to the food crisis by writing a letter to President Bush discouraging the replacement of reserves because it would "distort" grain prices.”
“Note that I realise the medium does call for a lot of adjustment to the truth e.g. taking liberties with the time involved, or shifting the place of an incident somewhere else for aesthetic reasons or time constraints and I have no problem with that, so my operative word would be "distort".”
“It went on and on about how you should never "distort" your nipple by compressing it in any way to get the baby to latch.”
“I read that the annoying daughter of the deposed Iraqi tyrant, Saddam, is threatening to sue all media who "distort" news about the family and about Saddam.”
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