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grimace


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grimace  \Gri*mace"\  (gr[i^]*m[=a]s"),  n.  [F.,  prob.  of  Teutonic 
  origin;  cf  AS  gr[imac]ma  mask,  specter,  Icel.  gr[imac]ma 
  mask,  hood,  perh.  akin  to  E.  grin.] 
  A  distortion  of  the  countenance,  whether  habitual,  from 
  affectation,  or  momentary  aad  occasional,  to  express  some 
  feeling,  as  contempt,  disapprobation,  complacency,  etc.;  a 
  smirk;  a  made-up  face.  [1913  Webster] 
 
  Moving  his  face  into  such  a  hideous  grimace,  that  every 
  feature  of  it  appeared  under  a  different  distortion. 
  --Addison. 
  [1913  Webster] 
 
  Note:  ``Half  the  French  words  used  affectedly  by  Melantha  in 
  Dryden's  ``Marriage  a-la-Mode,''  as  innovations  in  our 
  language,  are  now  in  common  use:  chagrin, 
  double-entendre,  ['e]claircissement,  embarras, 
  ['e]quivoque,  foible,  grimace,  na["i]vete,  ridicule. 
  All  these  words  which  she  learns  by  heart  to  use 
  occasionally,  are  now  in  common  use.''  --I.  Disraeli 
  [1913  Webster] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grimace  \Gri*mace"\,  v.  i. 
  To  make  grimaces;  to  distort  one's  face;  to  make  faces.  --H. 
  Martineau 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  grimace 
  n  :  a  contorted  facial  expression;  "she  made  a  grimace  at  the 
  prospect"  [syn:  {face}] 
  v  :  contort  the  face,  make  a  face;  "He  grimaced  when  he  saw  the 
  amount  of  homework  he  had  to  do" 




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