Definitions

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  • adj. twisted, wreathed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Twisted; wreathed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Twisted; wreathed.

Etymologies

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Latin torquere - to twist. Sometimes attributed to Shakespeare.

Examples

  • bryan: Vastidity is a noun, not an adjective; if you're going to say "...soilure, tortive, and vastidity, which mean, as one might expect, staining, twisted, and..." you have to finish with a grammatically parallel form, in this case "bigness" or the like.

    languagehat.com: MORE BAD WRITING.

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