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used in War and Peace

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to alter something in an unnatural or untrue way
  • He turned away from her with a grimace that distorted his handsome face, kissed Anna Pavlovna's hand, and screwing up his eyes scanned the whole company.
    Book One — 1805 (10% in)
  • "Why should I mind Monsieur Pierre being here?" exclaimed the little princess suddenly, her pretty face all at once distorted by a tearful grimace.
    Book One — 1805 (22% in)
  • The twitching increased, the handsome mouth was drawn to one side (only now did Pierre realize how near death his father was), and from that distorted mouth issued an indistinct, hoarse sound.
    Book One — 1805 (75% in)
  • Before the officer finished his sentence Prince Andrew, his face distorted with fury, rode up to him and raised his riding whip.
    Book Two — 1805 (61% in)
  • Despite his desperate shouts that used to seem so terrible to the soldiers, despite his furious purple countenance distorted out of all likeness to his former self, and the flourishing of his saber, the soldiers all continued to run, talking, firing into the air, and disobeying orders.
    Book Two — 1805 (88% in)
  • At first she heard only Metivier's voice, then her father's, then both voices began speaking at the same time, the door was flung open, and on the threshold appeared the handsome figure of the terrified Metivier with his shock of black hair, and the prince in his dressing gown and fez, his face distorted with fury and the pupils of his eyes rolled downwards.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (12% in)
  • Pierre's face, already pale, became distorted by fury.
    Book Eight — 1811-12 (90% in)
  • ...fact that he had uttered this obvious falsehood, and that Balashev still stood silently before him in the same attitude of submission to fate, Napoleon abruptly turned round, drew close to Balashev's face, and, gesticulating rapidly and energetically with his white hands, almost shouted: "Know that if you stir up Prussia against me, I'll wipe it off the map of Europe!" he declared, his face pale and distorted by anger, and he struck one of his small hands energetically with the other.
    Book Nine — 1812 (25% in)
  • He was unconscious and lay like a distorted corpse.
    Book Ten — 1812 (23% in)
  • Crowds of wounded—some known to Pierre and some unknown—Russians and French, with faces distorted by suffering, walked, crawled, and were carried on stretchers from the battery.
    Book Ten — 1812 (84% in)
  • The count, pipe in hand, was pacing up and down the room, when Natasha, her face distorted by anger, burst in like a tempest and approached her mother with rapid steps.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (38% in)
  • And one of the soldiers, his face all at once distorted with fury, struck Vereshchagin on the head with the blunt side of his saber.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (63% in)
  • Two dragoons took it by its distorted legs and dragged it along the ground.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (64% in)
  • His dressing gown was unfastened, his face red and distorted.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (73% in)
  • When he saw Natasha he waved his arms despairingly and burst into convulsively painful sobs that distorted his soft round face.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (3% in)

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