contortion contortion  /kən ˈtɔr ʃən/


  1. (n) the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself)
  2. (n) a tortuous and twisted shape or position

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  1. The amount of ideological contortion necessary to be a Democrat on spending yet a Conservative on taxation absolutely disqualifies you from the label 'moderate'.
  2. They did not twist in grisly contortion from any gibbet's arm, not they, but sat side by side upon a sofa which George Bellows had painted.
  3. But Author Allen, by a quick contortion, has snapshotted history almost in the flesh.


  • Traffic study proposed for problematic Mandeville intersection

    It's been described as one of the worst intersections in Mandeville, where even police officers don't feel safe while doing traffic enforcement. Now, City Councilwoman Carla Buchholz wants to look into redesigning the hazardous lane contortion where North Causeway Boulevard...
    on June 27, 2013     Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

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  • Sonnon describes CST as, "Yoga without contortion; tai chi without complication; meditation without boredom; weights without pain; fitness without machines; health and longevity for life."
    on Dec 29, 2007 By: Scott Sonnon Source: Courier Mail

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