Definition of Writhe

v. t.1.
[imp. Writhed ; p. p. Writhed, Obs. or Poetic Writhen ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Writhing.]
1.To twist; to turn; now, usually, to twist or turn so as to distort; to wring.
Then Satan first knew pain,
And writhed him to and fro.
- Milton.
Her mouth she writhed, her forehead taught to frown.
- Dryden.
His battle-writhen arms, and mighty hands.
- Tennyson.
2.To wrest; to distort; to pervert.
The reason which he yieldeth showeth the least part of his meaning to be that whereunto his words are writhed.
- Hooker.
3.To extort; to wring; to wrest.
The nobility hesitated not to follow the example of their sovereign in writhing money from them by every species of oppression.
- Sir W. Scott.
v. i.1.To twist or contort the body; to be distorted; as, to writhe with agony. Also used figuratively.
After every attempt, he felt that he had failed, and writhed with shame and vexation.
- Macaulay.

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