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Definitions of writhe

  1. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (esp. when struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort."; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace." Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. To twist; to turn; now, usually, to twist or turn so as to distort; to wring. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To wrest; to distort; to pervert. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To extort; to wring; to wrest. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To twist or contort the body; to be distorted; as, to writhe with agony. Also used figuratively. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To twist with violence. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To contort or change the form of the body; as, to writhe with pain. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To turn to and fro: to twist violently: to wrest. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To twist; turn violently. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. To twist with violence; wrench; distort, as the body in pain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. To twist; to distort; to twist with violence; to wrest; to extort. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. To twist; to be distorted. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. To twist with violence; to distort; to be distorted as from agony. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. r[=i]th, v.t. to turn to and fro: to twist violently: to wrest: (obs.) to extort.--v.i. to twist.--n. (rare) a contortion.--adv. WR[=I]'THINGLY. [A.S. wríthan, to twist; Ice. rítha. Cf. Wreath, Wrest, Wrist.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Twist or roll oneself about (as) in acute pain, squirm; twist (one\'s body &c.) about; shrink mentally, be stung or bitterly annoyed, (under, at, insult &c.; with shame &c.); (n.) act of writhing. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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