Distort

Definition of Distort

Dis`tort´
a.1.Distorted; misshapen.
Her face was ugly and her mouth distort.
- Spenser.
v. t.1.To twist of natural or regular shape; to twist aside physically; as, to distort the limbs, or the body.
[imp. & p. p. Distorted; p. pr. & vb. n. Distorting.]
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.

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