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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class II. Words Relating to Space
Section III. Form
1. General Form

243. [Irregularity of Form.] Distortion

   NOUN:DISTORTION, detortion [rare], contortion, contortuosity, knot, warp, buckle, screw, twist; crookedness (obliquity) [See Obliquity]; grimace; deformity; malformation, malconformation; harelip; monstrosity, misproportion, want of symmetry, anamorphosy, anamorphosis; ugliness [See Ugliness]; talipes, clubfoot; teratology.
   VERB:DISTORT, contort, twist, warp, buckle, screw, wrench, writhe, gnarl, wrest, writhe, make faces, deform, misshape.
   ADJECTIVE:DISTORTED &c. v.; out of shape, irregular, unsymmetric, anamorphous, awry, wry, askew, crooked; not true, not straight; on one side, crump [obs.], deformed; harelipped; misshapen, misbegotten; misproportioned, ill-proportioned; ill-made; grotesque, crooked as a ram’s horn; camelbacked, humpbacked, hunchbacked, bunchbacked, crookbacked; bandy; bandylegged, bowlegged; bowkneed, knockkneed; splayfooted, taliped or talipedic, clubfooted; round-shouldered; snub-nosed; curtailed of one’s fair proportions; stumpy (short) [See Shortness]; gaunt (thin) [See Narrowness, Thinness]; bloated [See Expansion]; scalene; simous.
   ADVERB:all manner of ways.
  1. Crooked as a Virginia fence.—U. S.
  2. Then, since the heav’ns have shap’d my body so, Let hell make crook’d my mind to answer it.—Henry VI