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contort
used in The Awakening

3 uses
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Definition
twist or bend to an unnatural shape — something such as the human body, a facial expression, or the truth
  • Her laugh consisted of a contortion of the face and all the muscles of the body.
    Chapter 21 (17% in)
  • When Madame Lebrun complained that it was so dull coming back to the city; that she saw so few people now; that even Victor, when he came up from the island for a day or two, had so much to occupy him and engage his time; then it was that the youth went into contortions on the lounge and winked mischievously at Edna.
    Chapter 20 (75% in)
  • Ellen brought him one of her dust-caps, and went into contortions of mirth, which she found it impossible to control, when she saw him put it on before the mirror as grotesquely as he could.
    Chapter 29 (49% in)

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