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distort (verb) twist out of shape; change ideas, facts, etc..

When the shape or the appearance of a thing is changed in such a way that it has no longer its original shape or appearance, it is distorted. When a sound is so changed that it is no longer clear and sounds strange, it is distorted. An object, if you distort it, loses its shape and appears totally different. When sound is distorted as on loud speakers it loses its original quality and is heard strange. A convex mirror distorts our shape, as it makes us look ugly. When you explain things in such a way that their meaning is changed totally or that the original meaning is lost you distort them. If you change facts and figures, you distort them or you misrepresent them.

  • The children giggled with amusement when they saw their faces and bodies distorted by the convex mirror.
  • Not all sections of media stick to truth. On a good number of occasions, they distort facts and figures to suit their convenience.
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