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Wry vs. Smile

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Wryadjective

Turned away, contorted (of the face or body).

Smilenoun

A facial expression comprised by flexing the muscles of both ends of one's mouth, often showing the front teeth, without vocalisation, and in humans is a common involuntary or voluntary expression of happiness, pleasure, amusement or anxiety.

‘She's got a perfect smile.’; ‘He has a sinister smile.’; ‘She had a smile on her face.’; ‘He always puts a smile on my face.’;

Wryadjective

Dryly humorous; sardonic or bitterly ironic.

Smileverb

(ambitransitive) To have (a smile) on one's face.

‘When you smile, the whole world smiles with you.’; ‘I don't know what he's smiling about.’; ‘She smiles a beautiful smile.’;

Wryadjective

Twisted, bent, crooked.

Smileverb

(transitive) To express by smiling.

‘to smile consent, or a welcome’;

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Wryadjective

Deviating from the right direction; misdirected; out of place.

Smileverb

(intransitive) To express amusement, pleasure, or love and kindness.

Wryverb

To turn (away); to swerve or deviate.

Smileverb

(intransitive) To look cheerful and joyous; to have an appearance suited to excite joy.

‘The sun smiled down from a clear summer sky.’;

Wryverb

To divert; to cause to turn away.

Smileverb

(intransitive) To be propitious or favourable; to countenance.

‘The gods smiled on his labours.’;

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Wryverb

(transitive) To twist or contort (the body, face, etc.).

Smileverb

To express amusement, pleasure, moderate joy, or love and kindness, by the features of the face; to laugh silently.

‘He doth nothing but frown. . . . He hears merry tales and smiles not.’; ‘She smiled to see the doughty hero slain.’; ‘When last I saw thy young blue eyes, they smiled.’;

Wryverb

To cover; clothe; cover up; cloak; hide.

Smileverb

To express slight contempt by a look implying sarcasm or pity; to sneer.

‘'T was what I said to Craggs and Child,Who praised my modesty, and smiled.’;

Wrynoun

(regional) Distortion.

Smileverb

To look gay and joyous; to have an appearance suited to excite joy; as, smiling spring; smiling plenty.

‘The desert smiled,And paradise was opened in the wild.’;

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Wryverb

To cover.

‘Wrie you in that mantle.’;

Smileverb

To be propitious or favorable; to favor; to countenance; - often with on; as, to smile on one's labors.

Wryverb

To twist; to writhe; to bend or wind.

Smileverb

To express by a smile; as, to smile consent; to smile a welcome to visitors.

Wryverb

To deviate from the right way; to go away or astray; to turn side; to swerve.

‘This Phebus gan awayward for to wryen.’; ‘How manyMust murder wives much better than themselvesFor wrying but a little!’;

Smileverb

To affect in a certain way with a smile.

‘And sharply smile prevailing folly dead.’;

Wryverb

To twist; to distort; to writhe; to wrest; to vex.

‘Guests by hundreds, not one caringIf the dear host's neck were wried.’;

Smilenoun

The act of smiling; a peculiar change or brightening of the face, which expresses pleasure, moderate joy, mirth, approbation, or kindness; - opposed to frown.

‘Sweet intercourseOf looks and smiles: for smiles from reason flow.’;

Wryadjective

Turned to one side; twisted; distorted; as, a wry mouth.

Smilenoun

A somewhat similar expression of countenance, indicative of satisfaction combined with malevolent feelings, as contempt, scorn, etc; as, a scornful smile.

Wryadjective

Hence, deviating from the right direction; misdirected; out of place; as, wry words.

‘Not according to the wry rigor of our neighbors, who never take up an old idea without some extravagance in its application.’;

Smilenoun

Favor; countenance; propitiousness; as, the smiles of Providence.

Wryadjective

Wrested; perverted.

‘He . . . puts a wry sense upon Protestant writers.’;

Smilenoun

Gay or joyous appearance; as, the smiles of spring.

‘The brightness of their [the flowers'] smile was gone.’;

Wryadjective

humorously sarcastic or mocking;

‘dry humor’; ‘an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely’; ‘an ironic novel’; ‘an ironical smile’; ‘with a wry Scottish wit’;

Smilenoun

a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement

Wryadjective

bent to one side;

‘a wry neck’;

Smileverb

change one's facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure

Wryadjective

disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking;

‘his rebellion is the bitter, sardonic laughter of all great satirists’; ‘a wry pleasure to be...reminded of all that one is missing’;

Smileverb

express with a smile;

‘She smiled her thanks’;

Wryadjective

using or expressing dry, especially mocking, humour

‘a wry smile’; ‘wry comments’;

Smile

A smile is formed primarily by flexing the muscles at the sides of the mouth. Some smiles include a contraction of the muscles at the corner of the eyes, an action known as a Duchenne smile.

Wryadjective

(of a person's face or features) twisted into an expression of disgust, disappointment, or annoyance.

Wryadjective

(of the neck or features) distorted or turned to one side

‘a remedy for wry necks’;

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