Distortive

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Distortive Causing distortion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • distortive Tending to distort; causing distortions.
    • distortive Having distortions; distorted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Distortive causing distortion
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Quotations

  • Rainer Maria Rilke
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    “All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.”
  • Carl Rogers
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    “In a person who is open to experience each stimulus is freely relayed through the nervous system, without being distorted by any process of defensiveness.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.”
  • Virginia Woolf
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    “Inevitably we look upon society, so kind to you, so harsh to us, as an ill-fitting form that distorts the truth; deforms the mind; fetters the will.”
  • John Bradshaw
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    “It's essential to tell the truth at all times. This will reduce life's pain. Lying distorts reality. All forms of distorted thinking must be corrected.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dis, asunder, torquēre, tortum, to twist.

Usage

In literature:

Perhaps the best that can be said of Lowe is that he possessed distorted human intelligence.
"The Tragedy of St. Helena" by Walter Runciman
To you this virtue will be doubly difficult, because you have so long watched its unpleasant manifestations in a distorted form.
"The Young Lady's Mentor" by A Lady
It was a very red face, unnaturally red and distorted; the brown eyes were bright with tears.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Her front face was distorted with a jealous scowl.
"The Poor Little Rich Girl" by Eleanor Gates
The distortion is scarcely a fourth of that in the Society's maps.
"Half-hours with the Telescope" by Richard A. Proctor
Albeit, the errors of these charts are far more suggestive of deliberate distortion than, of inaccurate charting.
"The First Discovery of Australia and New Guinea" by George Collingridge
Macdougal leaned forward, his white face distorted with passion.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He was, in fact, distorted by the storms of life within and without.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Had she herself not gazed into this distorting glass?
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
Such distortions are impossible in the production of the piece in its entirety.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
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In poetry:

Distorted was that blooming face,
Which she had fondly loved so long:
And stifled was that tuneful breath,
Which in her praise had sweetly sung:
"Jemmy Dawson" by Henry Morley
Distorted was that blooming face,
Which she had fondly loved so long;
And stifled was that tuneful breath,
Which in her praise had sweetly sung:
"Jemmy Dawson" by William Shenstone
There was an Old Person of Bangor,
Whose face was distorted with anger!
He tore off his boots,
And subsisted on roots,
That irascible Person of Bangor.
"Limerick: There was an Old Person of Bangor" by Edward Lear
They made a pile of their trophies
High as a tall man's chin,
Head upon head distorted,
Set in a sightless grin,
Anger and pain and terror
Stamped on the smoke-scorched skin.
"The Grave of the Hundred Heads" by Rudyard Kipling
Mutual attention is implied,
And equal truth on either side,
And constantly supported;
‘Tis senseless arrogance to accuse
Another of sinister views,
Our own as much distorted.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
Supply of freaks: Crawling, flitting sights'
Ill-fitting heads, whose squints and leers distort
Their teeming faces, glint-eyed with delight,
Crowding in around him for their sport.
"The Temptation Of St. Anthony" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

What bothers me about Painter's post is that he accuses Ed of distorting Liu's record, but I believe that that's what he has done to Ed.
If the new "blueprint" for the US or Idaho economy means more taxes on the rich and corporations, we will see more distorted incentives and wasted resources.
School spending figures distorted .
My Comment About "Unattractive Girls" Was "Grossly Distorted ".
Fast and Furious report distorted .
"It just kind of hit me one day a few years ago," says Donald Vercelli when asked exactly when it was that he decided to impersonate Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness.
Attempting to Focus Can Lead to Distorted Images.
Critical Access Hospital Study ' Distorted '.
Crystal Castles is a Toronto duo that specializes in a kind of electronic pop that has been distorted to the point that listening to it is sometimes physically painful.
Distorted Humor Colt Brings $2.050 Million.
Hip 116 Distorted Humor-Angel's Nest Sold for $2,050,000 at the Keeneland Yearling Sales.
Distorted Vietnam service has a long history.
Everything Absent or Distorted (a love story).
Distorted Dave to Seek Derby Spot.
Distorted Dave's triumph in a $48,400 allowance race at Santa Anita March 26 (VIDEO) has trainer John Sadler thinking of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum.
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In science:

This is a direct consequence of the fact, that distortions of the power spectrum are directly translated into the boosted transfer function and thus into distortions of the amplitude of the BAOs.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
Furthermore, the calculation of the amplitude factor that includes all the distortions ranging from linear structure growth, non-linear structure growth to redshift space distortions and biasing is a problem.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
This adds further evidence that a phenomenological approach can model power spectrum distortions without assuming much about the physics of the distortions themselves.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
In addition to the possible geometric distortions, the correlation function will have a distortion of different kind, which is due to peculiar velocities of clusters.
A potentially pure test of cosmic geometry: galaxy clusters and the real space Alcock-Paczynski test
In the present paper we investigate the correction of redshift distortions from peculiar velocities using kSZ measurements, and how this can leave the pure geometric distortions from which we can find cosmological parameters.
A potentially pure test of cosmic geometry: galaxy clusters and the real space Alcock-Paczynski test
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