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Usage examples for distort

  1. But fashion and the absence of models cramp and distort his work. – A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature by George Saintsbury
  2. Violent emotions, which sometimes move to tears and sometimes to the appearance of laughter, no doubt distort the muscles of the mouth; this, however, is not genuine laughter, but a convulsion and a pain. – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  3. The thoracic space is a symmetrical enclosure originally, which aftercoming necessities modify and distort in some degree. – Surgical Anatomy by Joseph Maclise
  4. They distort our reading, our thinking, our talking and our behavior in a great variety of ways. – Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann
  5. Officers of the law frequently form a hasty conviction as to the guilt of a suspected person, and then distort all subsequent discoveries to conform to their established theory. – The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar by Maurice Leblanc
  6. On the very spot where, at the opening of this tale, sat Sir Miles St. John sharing his attention between his dogs and his guest, sat now Helen Mainwaring; against the balustrade where had lounged Charles Vernon, leaned Percival St. John; and in the same place where he had stationed himself that eventful evening, to distort, in his malignant sketch, the features of his father, Gabriel Varney, with almost the same smile of irony upon his lips, was engaged in transferring to his canvas a more faithful likeness of the heir's intended bride. – Lucretia, Volume 6. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  7. There's never any need to distort the truth. – Dead Giveaway by Gordon Randall Garrett
  8. This Administration will not distort the value of the dollar in any fashion. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  9. And we must ensure that countries do not manipulate investment, or impose investment performance requirements which distort trade and cost us jobs in this country. – State of the Union Addresses of Jimmy Carter by Jimmy Carter
  10. The plantar flexors and invertors distort the foot into the equino- varus attitude. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  11. Who can forget his fine contrast of the howling Philoktetes in Sophokles with the gently sighing Laokoon, both in mortal agony, but the latter unable to express his pain because, being in marble, he dared not distort his countenance? – Wagner's Tristan und Isolde by George Ainslie Hight
  12. Because the men who write them don't understand the facts, and what they know they distort- for money. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  13. But I am confident that these authors teach erroneously; that their use of indicative forms for mere suppositions that are contrary to the facts, is positively ungrammatical; and that the potential imperfect is less elegant, in such instances, than the simple subjunctive, which they reject or distort. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  14. Why then distort his words and in the face of this positive declaration attempt to prove that he was a Christian? – Abraham Lincoln: Was He A Christian? by John B. Remsburg
  15. This is the crime of those who distort and degrade speech: they shake confidence generally. – The Simple Life by Charles Wagner
  16. Every agency dealing with the issues of American life, indeed, ought to be careful not to distort those issues by suppressing or misusing facts. – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson
  17. History may distort truth, and will distort it for a time, by the superior efforts at justification of those who are conscious of needing it most. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  18. Force the manners, dress, language, and constitution of Russia, or Italy, or Norway, or America, and you instantly stunt and distort the whole mind of either people. – Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry by Thomas Davis Commentator: T. W. Rolleston
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