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Definitionto move in a twisting or contorted motion — often of a person when struggling or in pain
- It now writhed in convulsions of pain, and was a forcible type, in its little frame, of the moral agony which Hester Prynne had borne throughout the day.Chapter 4 -- The Interview (7% in)
- A writhing horror twisted itself across his features, like a snake gliding swiftly over them, and making one little pause, with all its wreathed intervolutions in open sight.Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (10% in)
- His first care was given to the child, whose cries, indeed, as she lay writhing on the trundle-bed, made it of peremptory necessity to postpone all other business to the task of soothing her.Chapter 4 -- The Interview (20% in)
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