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Definition of "distort" []

  • To twist out of a proper or natural relation of parts; misshape. (verb-transitive)
  • To give a false or misleading account of; misrepresent. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to work in a twisted or disorderly manner; pervert. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "distort" in a sentence
  • "Every word has a specific meaning that will be twisted to distort from the true menaing and intent or to veil it in a shroud of uncertainty."
  • "Doesn't he realize he's calling 36 million Americans "socialists" and promoters of "communism" when he and Palin distort Obama's tax policies the way they do?"
  • "Those pejorative theological terms distort and distract."