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distort

dis·tort

distort

 
pronunciation:
dih stort
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: distorted, distorting, distorts
definition 1: to twist out of shape; deform the appearance or functioning of.
The uneven surface of the mirror distorted his reflection.Having the volume too loud distorts the sound.
 
synonyms:
contort, deform, screw, torture
similar words:
disfigure, misshape, twist, warp
definition 2: to falsify or misrepresent.
The actor felt the newspaper article distorted what he had said in the interview.Exaggerating is often harmless, but it does distort the truth.
synonyms:
falsify, misrepresent, pervert, twist, warp
similar words:
bend, color, doctor, embellish, embroider, exaggerate, garble, mangle, misconstrue, misinterpret, misstate, overdraw, slant, varnish, wrench
derivations: distortive (adj.), distorter (n.)
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The word distort contains the following parts:
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