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distort

dis·tort

distort

 
pronunciation:
dih stort
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part of speech: verb
inflections: distorted, distorting, distorts
definition 1: to twist out of shape; change the way a thing looks or acts.
The ripples in the pond distorted his reflection.
 
synonyms:
deform
similar words:
disfigure, twist, warp
definition 2: to make false or change the meaning of.
A good newspaper article does not distort the news.Exaggerating and lying are two ways of distorting the truth.
synonyms:
twist, warp
similar words:
color, embroider, exaggerate, mangle, slant, varnish
derivations: distortive (adj.), distorter (n.)
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dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-
 
tort Latin root that means twist