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Definition of contortion noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of the face or body being twisted out of its natural shape Their bodies had suffered contortion as a result of malnutrition.
  2. 2[countable] a movement which twists the body out of its natural shape His facial contortions amused the audience. (figurative) We had to go through all the usual contortions to get a ticket (= a difficult series of actions).
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