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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
sb's face is twisted/contorted with rage
▪ Mike's usually calm face was contorted with rage.
sb’s face is contorted with anger/rage (=someone’s face is twisted out of its normal shape because they are angry)
▪ Eve’s face was contorted with anger as she picked up the broken vase.
▪ Despite having a solid base, the rod is still contorted wildly beyond belief.
▪ He wondered if contorting his neck increased blood flow to his brain somehow.
▪ His face contorted in loose ripples of effort as he stood up energetically to take his leave.
▪ I turn immediately to see her coming toward me, her face contorted in rage.
▪ The faces are horribly contorted as if suffocating or in great pain, and their eyes seem to follow anyone who passes.
▪ The trunks often contort into spindly curves and twists.
▪ We continued to contort our limbs into improbable postures when Vincente was directly overseeing us.
▪ Worst of all, his long face was more contorted than ever in the fury of self-pity.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Contort \Con*tort"\, v. t. [L. contortus, p. p. of contorquere to twist; con- + torquere to twist. See Torture.] To twist, or twist together; to turn awry; to bend; to distort; to wrest.

The vertebral arteries are variously contorted.

Kant contorted the term category from the proper meaning of attributed.
--Sir W. Hamilton.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Latin contortus, past participle of contorquere "to whirl, twist together," from com- "together" or intensive (see com-) + torquere "to twist" (see torque (n.)). Related: Contorted; contorting.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To twist in a violent manner; as, features contorted with fury. 2 (context intransitive English) To twist into or as if into a strained shape or expression.


v. twist and press out of shape [syn: deform, distort, wring]

Usage examples of "contort".

Like Adams, indeed like every member of the Massachusetts delegation, Gerry was a Harvard graduate, a slight, birdlike man, age thirty-one, who spoke with a stammer and had an odd way of contorting his face, squinting and enlarging his eyes.

All year round, a south wind blows from the sea into Baluchistan, so wherever we saw a tree it was always grown in a contorted arc, bending inland, like an arm beckoning us to come ashore.

The fire lizards had cleared the bowl of meat, and Camo stared into its hollow, his face contorted by an expression of dismay.

But strong emotions can last a long time in the forebrain, fill the hindbrain, contort the face, change the way we walk, permeate our muscle-tissues.

Kitty sat on the hearth and the new arrival stood at the far end of the fireplace while between the two women Oppy leaned, almost contorted, at an angle acros the mantelpiece.

Her perspectiveless face also contorted to smile or grimace, but it was like a disc of paper.

Kaiku as she held him, and even contorted in grief as they were he could not look away, not even when they seemed to fade, and beneath them there was a stitchwork of golden fibres, a brightness and an ecstasy such as he had never imagined.

A spear lunged toward him, and he dodged, seeing the first mutie approach again, face contorted with pain, mouth open, long wolflike tusks gleaming golden.

He held his copper athame and his mouth contorted with the spells he shouted inaudibly into the wind.

They were costumed as grotesques, their heads encased in monstrous casques mat were contorted and painted in demonic expressions and fitted with red compound eyes.

Bronwyn had to dodge and twist, contorting herself until she felt like a rag to keep the shield in front of her.

Sartol had not moved, but Niall could see the muscles of his jaw contorting with rage, and a single, pulsing vein standing out boldly from his neck.

Only a sharp, wickedly contorting motion downward and to the side enabled him to avoid the hot beam of scarlet fire that surged just past his head and slammed viciously into a small tree, splintering its trunk.

The villain smirked at me in the bright light of the oil lamps, contorting his pallid face.

He saw none of the garish murals or contorted statuary created for the gawking tourists.