Quick answer
"Writhe" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "retorcerse", and "wince" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "estremecerse". Learn more about the difference between "writhe" and "wince" below.
writhe
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to squirm)
a. retorcerse
He was kicked in the stomach and fell to the floor, writhing in agony.Le dieron una patada en el estómago y cayó al suelo, retorciéndose de dolor.
2. (to suffer emotionally)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It makes me writhe to think of the awful things I said to him.Me muero de vergüenza al pensar en las cosas terribles que le dije.
She writhed with uncontrollable jealousy.Los celos la consumían totalmente.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to twist about)
a. retorcer
The dance involves writhing your arms about in all sorts of shapes.El baile consiste en retorcer los brazos en todo tipo de formas.
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wince
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to cringe)
a. estremecerse
He took a swig from a cheap bottle of whiskey and winced.Tomó un trago de una botella de whisky barato y se estremeció.
b. hacer un gesto de dolor
Carolina winced when the nurse inserted the needle into her arm.Carolina hizo un gesto de dolor cuando la enfermera insertó la aguja en su brazo.
2. (to briefly express embarrassment)
a. hacer un gesto de bochorno
Some of the things he said made me wince.Algunas de las cosas que dijo me hicieron hacer un gesto de bochorno.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (act of flinching)
a. la mueca de dolor
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Jenna plunged her feet into the pool and pulled them back with a wince because it was so cold.Jenna sumergió los pies en la piscina y los retiró con una mueca de dolor porque estaba muy fría.
b. el gesto de dolor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Antonio stood up slowly with a wince from the pain in his knee.Antonio se levantó lentamente con un gesto de dolor por el dolor de su rodilla.
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