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Examples of convoluted in a Sentence
- At base stands a profound respect for the integrity of history and the complex and convoluted relationship between present and the past. —Ira Berlin, New York Times Book Review, 9 Sept. 2001
- They are pictures of convoluted tree trunks on an island of pink wave-smoothed stone … —Margaret Atwood, Harper's, August 1990
- … she has been fashioning sequences of plans too convoluted to materialize … —Joseph Heller, God Knows, 1984
- To therapists, stepfamilies may present convoluted psychological dilemmas … —Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Family Politics, 1983
a convoluted explanation that left the listeners even more confused than they were before
Recent Examples of convoluted from the Web
Last year at the Green Mill, Davis provided simpatico contributions to an equally agile and shape-shifting quartet led by bassist Eric Revis, often binding hurtling tempos and convoluted structures with quiet authority.
Susan Simpson, a white-collar-crime defense attorney in Washington, said the convoluted hush-money contract was unusual.
Before it gets sidetracked with end-of-season play-in tournaments or other convoluted anti-tanking measures, the NBA needs to address this central flaw.
Second, these companies have typically used a convoluted corporate structure called variable interest entity, or VIE, to allow foreign investors to invest in sectors that are restricted by the Chinese government.
That effort has focused on promoting a convoluted conspiracy theory that paints Hillary Clinton as the puppet-master behind all of the White House’s legal woes.
Vero, the social media app considered an alternative to giants like Instagram or Facebook for its lack of algorithms and advertising, is drawing ire from users concerned about its co-founder's past and a convoluted process to delete your account.
There's no margarita machine, blaring music, swirly drinks or long, convoluted list of various combination dinners.
The Foundation trilogy, written by Isaac Asimov in the early 1950s, tells the convoluted but often mesmerizing tale of a human space empire attempting to preserve itself by building a huge library containing all human knowledge.
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The Origin of convoluted Isn't
Convoluted and convolution (a noun referring to a folded, winding shape, such as one of the ridges of the brain) are from Latin volvere, meaning "to roll." Volvere has given English many words, but one of the following is NOT from volvere. Can you pick it out?
vault voluminous volley voluble devolve
The path from vault to volvere leads (rather convolutedly) through Middle English, Anglo-French, and Vulgar Latin to Latin volutus, past participle of volvere. Voluble meant "rolling easily" before it meant "speaking readily," and voluminous first meant "consisting of many folds." Devolve (to pass down, as in the stewardship devolved upon the son) once meant literally to roll down. The word that doesn’t belong is volley. It’s from Latin volare, meaning "to fly."
CONVOLUTED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of convoluted for English Language Learners
: very complicated and difficult to understand
: having many twists and curves
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