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distort
used in All Quiet on the Western Front

3 uses
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Definition
to alter something in an unnatural or 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.
    Chapter 6 (25% in)
distorted = altered in an unnatural way
  • We recognise the smooth distorted faces, the helmets: they are French.
    Chapter 6 (36% in)
  • The latrine poles are always densely crowded; the people at home ought to be shown these grey, yellow, miserable, wasted faces here, these bent figures from whose bodies the colic wrings out the blood, and who with lips trembling and distorted with pain, grin at one another and say: "It is not much sense pulling up one's trousers again—"
    Chapter 11 (47% in)

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