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distort (v.)

1580s, "twist the true meaning, pervert the truth regarding," from Latin distortus, past participle of distorquere "to twist different ways, distort," from dis- "completely" (see dis-) + torquere "to twist" (from PIE root *terkw- "to twist"). Literal sense of "to twist or wrest out of shape, change from the proper to an improper or unnatural shape" is from 1630s. Related: Distorted; distorting.

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Definitions of distort from WordNet

distort (v.)
make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story;
Synonyms: falsify / garble / warp
distort (v.)
form into a spiral shape;
Synonyms: twist / twine
distort (v.)
twist and press out of shape;
Synonyms: contort / deform / wring
distort (v.)
affect as in thought or feeling;
Synonyms: tinge / color / colour
distort (v.)
alter the shape of (something) by stress;
Synonyms: deform / strain
From wordnet.princeton.edu