writhe
[ rahyth ]
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Part of Speechverb
Origin + Etymology
Before 900from Old English wrīthan; from Old Norse rītha; from Old German rīdan
Synonyms
    1.
  • recoil
  • squirm
  • wiggle
    2.
  • wince
Antonyms
    1.
  • straighten
    2.
  • be still
Definition
1.to twist or contort the body in pain or discomfort
2.to shrink mentally in discomfort or embarrassment.
Examples
1.A) The man writhed in pain as he waited for help. B) The woman tried to writhe out of the ropes she was captured in, but to no avail.
2.A) Their laughter at his expense made his skin writhe as he shuddered. B) He writhed silently and held back tears after he was scolded.
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