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Often implies something was intentionally altered in a misleading way. SlideThe politician’s speech was full of distortions.
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Used for describing visual alterations that change perception. SlideFunhouse mirrors are known for the distortion of reflections.
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Can be used to describe altering facts or the truth. SlideHis memoir was criticized for its distortion of historical events.