distort


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Synonyms for distort

to alter and spoil the natural form or appearance of

to give an inaccurate view of by representing falsely or misleadingly

Synonyms for distort

make false by mutilation or addition

twist and press out of shape

affect as in thought or feeling

alter the shape of (something) by stress

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A child knows if an arm or a leg be distorted in a picture; if the attitude be natural or grand or mean; though he has never received any instruction in drawing or heard any conversation on the subject, nor can himself draw with correctness a single feature.
Truth is our element of life, yet if a man fasten his attention on a single aspect of truth and apply himself to that alone for a long time, the truth becomes distorted and not itself but falsehood; herein resembling the air, which is our natural element, and the breath of our nostrils, but if a stream of the same be directed on the body for a time, it causes cold, fever, and even death.
They ran about with the mirror; and at last there was not a land or a person who was not represented distorted in the mirror.
I could see their faces, flushed and angry, the brutality distorted and emphasized by the sickly yellow of the sea-lamps which rocked back and forth with the ship.
Her beautiful face was distorted in an expression of horrible malevolence.
Emaciated arms and legs attached to a torso which seemed to be mostly distorted abdomen completed the "holy vision of her radiant beauty."
Every gondola that swam by us, with its crescents and pyramids and circles of colored lamps hung aloft, and lighting up the faces of the young and the sweet-scented and lovely below, was a picture; and the reflections of those lights, so long, so slender, so numberless, so many-colored and so distorted and wrinkled by the waves, was a picture likewise, and one that was enchantingly beautiful.
In all the other saloons, the halls, the great state chambers of the palace, the walls and ceilings were bright with gilding, rich with elaborate carving, and resplendent with gallant pictures of Venetian victories in war, and Venetian display in foreign courts, and hallowed with portraits of the Virgin, the Saviour of men, and the holy saints that preached the Gospel of Peace upon earth--but here, in dismal contrast, were none but pictures of death and dreadful suffering!--not a living figure but was writhing in torture, not a dead one but was smeared with blood, gashed with wounds, and distorted with the agonies that had taken away its life!
'And it must do so in a way that is objectively informative, which maintains incentives for quality service, and which does not distort competition.
How children's books distort the Asian American image.
The purpose of the current study is to investigate whether children younger than the age of three distort gender-stereotype-inconsistent information (GSI).
Downstream arrangements also tend to distort measurements of the amount of premium dollars managed care organizations spend on the actual delivery of health care services.
Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman urged Tuesday that overemphasis of controversial nontrade aspects of agriculture in upcoming talks of the World Trade Organization (WTO) not be allowed to distort trade liberalization of the sector.
''I really cannot understand why we need to distort and harm...The urge to distort and misinform seemed irresistible to some people,'' he told a group of foreign advertising executives.
The whole purpose of choreography is to distort what would be normal technique.