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.
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None of this made much sense, and the contrived modernization only served to distract from the singing and the glories of Mozart’s score.
Many of you spent much more than that to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Colin McGregor, a contrived sporting event also quite nutty by nature.
The stalling is emblematic of a broader modus operandi of the insurers of never-ending post-claim underwriting where the insurers hunt for some contrived excuse not to pay.
Paired with a sports bra in a similar palette, the overall effect was streamlined without seeming contrived.
And Dominique McElligott can't do much with the contrived role of Kathleen, the woman with whom Stahr falls in love.
Its own structural weakness is the contrived tokenism with which viewers are presumably meant to identify.
In a less contrived manner, Tilda Swinton (an executive producer) supplies mellow off-screen narration in Bell’s words.
The president of the state police union claims in a new lawsuit that some agency managers targeted him with a contrived investigation in retaliation for his criticism of public safety policies opposed by the union.
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Synonymsaffected, assumed, bogus, artificial, factitious, fake, false, feigned, forced, mechanical, mock, phony (also phoney), plastic, pretended, pseudo, put-on, sham, simulated, spurious, strained, unnatural
Antonymsartless, genuine, natural, spontaneous, unaffected, uncontrived, unfeigned, unforced
Related Wordsautomatic, canned, concocted, fabricated, hokey, labored, manufactured, pat, unauthentic, unreal, unrealistic; double-dealing, empty, facile, hollow, hypocritical, insincere, left-handed, mealy, mealymouthed, two-faced, unctuous; exaggerated, histrionic, melodramatic, overacted, overdone, theatrical (also theatric); cute, cutesy, genteel, goody-goody, mincing, overrefined, simpering; conventional, formal, impersonal, inflexible, rigid, stiff, stylized, wooden; artful, calculated, conscious, cultivated, deliberate, premeditated, studied
Near Antonymsauthentic, bona fide, real, realistic, right, true; honest, ingenuous, sincere, unpretending; easy, effortless, smooth; extemporaneous, impromptu, impulsive, instinctive, unconscious, unprompted, unrehearsed, unstudied
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