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Meaning of WRITHE

Pronunciation:  rIdh

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  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."

WRITHE is a 6 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: squirm, twist, worm, wrestle, wriggle
 See Also: move, wrench



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Writhe\, v. t. [imp. {Writhed}; p. p. {Writhed}, Obs. or
    Poetic {Writhen}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Writhing}.] [OE. writhen,
    AS. wr[=i]?an to twist; akin to OHG. r[=i]dan, Icel. r[=i]?a,
    Sw. vrida, Dan. vride. Cf. {Wreathe}, {Wrest}, {Wroth}.]
    1. To twist; to turn; now, usually, to twist or turn so as to
       distort; to wring. ``With writhing [turning] of a pin.''
             Then Satan first knew pain, And writhed him to and
             fro.                                  --Milton.
             Her mouth she writhed, her forehead taught to frown.
             His battle-writhen arms, and mighty hands.
    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. [R.]
       The nobility hesitated not to follow the example of their
       sovereign in writhing money from them by every species of
       oppression.                                 --Sir W.
  2. \Writhe\, v. i.
    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.