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1. To twist of natural or regular shape; to twist aside physically; as, to distort the limbs, or the body. Whose face was distorted with pain. (Thackeray)

2. To force or put out of the true posture or direction; to twist aside mentally or morally. Wrath and malice, envy and revenge, do darken and distort the understandings of men. (Tillotson)

3. To wrest from the true meaning; to pervert; as, to distort passages of Scripture, or their meaning.

Synonym: to twist, wrest, deform, pervert.

Origin: Distorted; Distorting. Alter the shape of (something) by stress; His body was deformed by leprosy.