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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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WRITHE, verb transitive

1. To twist; to distort.

Her mouth she writhd.

2. To twist with violence; as, to writhe the body.

3. To wrest; to distort; to torture; as, to writhe words.

WRITHE, verb intransitive To twist; to be distorted; as, to writhe with agony.