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Writhe meaning

writhe - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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"
  2. 2. To twist; to turn; now, usually, to twist or turn so as to distort; to wring.
  3. 3. To wrest; to distort; to pervert.
  4. 4. To extort; to wring; to wrest.
  5. 5. To twist or contort the body; to be distorted; as, to writhe with agony. Also used figuratively.
  6. 6. To twist; turn violently.

writhe - examples of usage

  1. For now there was nothing but stooping and crawling and slouching behind hillocks, up peat- hags, and through marshy swamps; while the heat produced by all this painful toil was liable to a sudden chill whenever a halt was called to enable Roderick to writhe his prostrate figure up to the top of some slight eminence, where, raising his head inch by inch, he once more informed himself of the whereabouts of the deer. - "Prince Fortunatus", William Black.
  2. I was so, truly, under the reign of our late pious king; but things have changed, and a vile upstart has dared to insult my honour; but the day will come, and soon, too, when I may have my full revenge, and he who now triumphs in power shall writhe beneath my feet. - "The Prime Minister", W.H.G. Kingston.
  3. The ghostly spectacle had caused even his strong nerves to writhe and he shuddered at thought of the effect it must have on her more delicate organism. - "The Gray Phantom's Return", Herman Landon.
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