from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of twist.
  • adj. contorted
  • adj. wound spirally
  • adj. Mentally disturbed or unsound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Contorted; crooked spirally; subjected to torsion; hence, perverted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In entomology, noting a joint of the legs, etc., when the faces tend to turn spirally on the joint, as if this had been subjected to a twisting force.
  • In botany, contorted or bent on itself. In estivation, same as convolute.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented


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  • He glanced from my face to Henry—who appeared behind me at the top of the stairs—and his expression twisted with grief or anger.

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  • With her expression twisted in a scowl, Veronique instantly morphed from crude biker bitch to a goth-looking Satan worshiper.

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  • His expression twisted into a grimace as the bone dust began to fly.


  • If I do not honor it— The tears spilled over, but her expression twisted from woe to anger before they fell.


  • Bruckner described a sheriff on a Florida beach ordering him to cover his naked two-year-old daughter, as an example of the US's "problem with sex", which he described as "twisted puritanism" resulting from the alliance of "feminism and the Republican right".

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  • African-American candidates are always faced with what I call twisted and contorted logic to challenge their candidacies.

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  • The other end of the charger slid in twisted and locked.

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  • “Evidently, the interrogators brought a certain twisted humor to their DJ duties, searching for sounds they believed would be particularly insufferable.”

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