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Definition to alter something in an unnatural or untrue way
  • These sunglasses distort my vision.
distort = alter in an unnatural or untrue way
  • She has a distorted view of the world.
  • distorted = altered in an unnatural or untrue way
  • Heat and vibration from the cutting process can distort the plastic.
  • She is trying to distort her opponent's position on the issue.
  • face distorted by pain
  • Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
    2 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV)
  • He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
    2 Peter 3:16 (NIV)
  • Edna dabbed the powder upon her nose and cheeks as she looked at herself closely in the little distorted mirror which hung on the wall above the basin.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
  • Instantly the flexible limbs of the child assumed the appearance of deformity and distortion, as, with his back humped up, and his master's stick in his hand, he hobbled about the room, his childish face drawn into a doleful pucker, and spitting from right to left, in imitation of an old man.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • After Gatsby's death the East was haunted for me like that, distorted beyond my eyes' power of correction.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • distorted = altered in an unnatural or untrue way
  • Also, you'll find out soon enough that John distorts—when he isn't out-and-out lying.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • distorts = alters the truth
  • My memories were distorted by twenty-five intervening years.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • distorted = altered in an untrue way
  • The children started, screamed; their faces were distorted with terror.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • distorted = altered in an unnatural way
  • 8TH JUROR: He said fifteen.
    3RD JUROR: Now I'm telling you he said twenty. What're you trying to distort . . .
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • distort = to alter something in an untrue way
  • Through the entrance rushes in a swarm of fleeing rats that try to storm the walls. Torches light up the confusion. Everyone yells and curses and slaughters. The madness and despair of many hours unloads itself in this outburst. Faces are distorted, arms strike out, the beasts scream; we just stop in time to avoid attacking one another. The onslaught has exhausted us.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • distorted = altered in an unnatural way
  • Her face was horribly distorted, her lips blue.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • distorted = altered in an unnatural or untrue way
  • At forty-four, Linda seemed, by contrast, a monster of flaccid and distorted senility.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • distorted = altered in an unnatural way
  • Opening her eyes, she had seen his face–no, not his face, a ferocious stranger's, pale, distorted, twitching with some insane, inexplicable fury.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • distorted = altered in an unnatural way
  • A blubbered and distorted face confronted her; the creature was crying.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • distorted = altered in an unnatural way
  • — either it was terrible stuff or the whiskey distorted things, because it didn't make any sense to me.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
distorted = altered in an unnatural way

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