If you have ever looked at yourself in a funhouse mirror, you probably saw an image that was quite distorted. Okay, so maybe your hair looked kind of weird that day, but your whole body wasn’t really that misshapen.

This adjective is derived from the Latin verb distortus, which means “to twist different ways.” When something is distorted this can mean that it has been changed from the original form in any way. Someone can have a distorted worldview, or facts from an event can be distorted in the retelling. If a politician is misquoted in the newspaper, then it could be said that her opinion has been misrepresented or distorted by the media.

Definitions of distorted
  1. adjective
    so badly formed or out of shape as to be ugly
    “his poor distorted limbs”
    synonyms: deformed, ill-shapen, malformed, misshapen
    not well-proportioned and pleasing in shape
  2. adjective
    having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented
    synonyms: misrepresented, perverted, twisted
    artful, disingenuous
    not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness
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