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A smile is sometimes bewitching, in general vapid, often a contortion.

"Can't raise the other one," said the citizen, with a contortion of his lineaments.

Every mouth that was not making a contortion was emitting yells.

A Feat in Contortion: To make both ends meet on $8 per week.

I had been a good balancer in my contortion days, and this was also an asset.

Do you see there is a slight, but distinct, contortion of the face, just as there was after that fit?

They were in every kind of shape and contortion that could indicate a violent death.

Her laugh consisted of a contortion of the face and all the muscles of the body.

The uglier the contortion and more frightful the grimace, the louder they laughed.

The fixity continues, and is only deepened into contortion and grimace.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Middle French contorsion or directly from Latin contortionem (nominative contorsio), noun of action from past participle stem of contorquere (see contort).

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