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 Dictionary entry overview: What does distorted mean? 

DISTORTED (adjective)
  The adjective DISTORTED has 3 senses:

1. strained or wrenched out of normal shape
2. so badly formed or out of shape as to be ugly
3. having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented

  Familiarity information: DISTORTED used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

DISTORTED (adjective)

Sense 1distorted [BACK TO TOP]


Strained or wrenched out of normal shape


distorted; contorted; twisted

Context examples:

old trees with contorted branches / scorched and distorted fragments of steel / trapped under twisted steel girders


crooked (having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned)

Sense 2distorted [BACK TO TOP]


So badly formed or out of shape as to be ugly


misshapen; malformed; ill-shapen; deformed; distorted

Context examples:

deformed thalidomide babies / his poor distorted limbs / an ill-shapen vase / a limp caused by a malformed foot / misshapen old fingers


unshapely (not shapely; not well-proportioned and pleasing in shape)

Sense 3distorted [BACK TO TOP]


Having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented


misrepresented; perverted; distorted; twisted

Context examples:

many of the facts seemed twisted out of any semblance to reality / a perverted translation of the poem


artful; disingenuous (not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness)

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