Examples of contrived in a Sentence
- … it may remind readers of Christopher Nolan's ingeniously contrived mystery film "Memento" … —Joyce Carol Oates, New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2005
- The music industry has become far more image conscious and contrived since her first album affected me so profoundly … —Lisa Marie Presley, Time, 18 Apr. 2005
- There are some who scorn that sterling art form, the afternoon soap opera, alleging that its characters are unbelievable, its plots contrived and its action negligible. —Lydel Sims, Assignment: Memphis, 1982
The movie's contrived ending was a big disappointment.
The results of the test seemed somewhat contrived.
Recent Examples of contrived from the Web
The latter part of the show, involving a lengthy trip on a Very Wonderful (VW) bus, feels a little overly contrived, with some references that may sail over little heads, but the cast handles it with aplomb.
Glanz and Roberti star, wrote and directed the series, that unfortunately leads with what is easily its worst episode, a bad mixture of contrived dialogue and inexplicably corporate name-dropping.
Financial Times columnist David Pilling has a new book reminding us that, for all nations, GDP is a contrived and misleading intellectual construct.
The clothes are relatable — or at least worn in situations that are slightly less contrived than the red carpet, like boarding a plane.
Among the most damning information exposed was the intervention of John F. Kennedy’s administration to assassinate South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, as well as the contrived success of the intense American bombing in North Vietnam.
The erotic and psychological crosscurrents among this foursome occupy the play’s second part, which is its most contrived and least convincing.
Mizzou and Arkansas’ Battle Line Rivalry may have seemed contrived at first, but this thing is only growing.
But even capable actors can’t make this play plausible or mend the contrived and sentimental conclusion.
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