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
Patterson and Pressler are linchpins of the faith, the duo that—in 1967—first contrived to move Southern Baptists hard right.
But the third installment in the series, When Life Gives You Lululemons (Simon & Schuster, 340 pp., ★★ out of four) is, like its main character, more contrived than charming.
Unfortunately, the movie’s narrative putters on its way, contrived and bumpy but made diverting by performances from the two holdovers from the original film.
His contrived two-step is unpersuasive and untenable.
Every week, the series' six main cast members have engaged in one contrived activity or another.
The result: Get-togethers that manage to be both elaborate and understated—and never stuffy or contrived.
Sherman is a classic villain, because his anger and contempt seem real, not something cute and contrived for the wrestling fans.
With the accusations breaking this week of the physical abuse of four women by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, that high-concept premise is starting to look less contrived.
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