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CONTORTIONS

twistings; distortions; V. contort: twist violently out of shape; CF. contortionist

The meaning of the word contortions is twistings; distortions; V. contort: twist violently out of shape; CF. contortionist.

Random words

WordMeaning
sophistteacher of philosophy; quibbler; employer of fallacious reasoning; N. sophism: plausible but fallacious argument
scholarlyfull of learning; erudite; like a scholar; Ex. scholarly journal
vigilanteone who without authority assumes law enforcement powers
subpoenawrit(written command issued by a court) summoning a witness to appear in court; V: summon with a subpoena
intrepidfearless
flinchhesitate; shrink back (in fear of something unpleasant); Ex. She did not flinch in the face of danger.
dowdyuntidy (of a woman or clothes); slovenly; dressed in an unattractive way; shabby; CF. unattractive woman
authoritativehaving the weight of authority; regarded as providing knowledge that can be trusted; reliable; peremptory and dictatorial; Ex. authoritative dictionary/manner; CF. definitive
dotagesenility; feeblemindedness of old age; Ex. In one's dotage
preposterousabsurd; completely unreasonable; ridiculous

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