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.

Synonyms: To twist, wrest, deform, pervert.

Origin: Distorted; Distorting.

(01 Mar 1998)