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contortion (n.)

early 15c., contorsioun, "act of twisting or wrenching," from Old French contorsion and directly from Latin contortionem (nominative contortio), noun of action from past-participle stem of contorquere (see contort). Meaning "a contorted state or form" is from 1660s.

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Definitions of contortion from WordNet

contortion (n.)
the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself);
Synonyms: deformation
contortion (n.)
a tortuous and twisted shape or position;
the acrobat performed incredible contortions
Synonyms: tortuosity / tortuousness / torsion / crookedness
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