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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
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Recent Examples of convoluted from the Web
That’s a convoluted way of saying defenses will, at times, try to take Hilton away because of his game-breaking ability.
Because the process doesn't entirely do away with the importance of one's conference, the methodology is a bit convoluted, but still, this is going to be fun as hell, especially if the NBA elects to televise the selection process live.
But this taxing drama is far more convoluted and drawn-out than necessary, lacking the emotional payoff or psychological illumination to justify the long, two-hour sit.
Jose’s future beyond Friday is even more convoluted.
In this film’s convoluted scenario, jam-packed with morally bankrupt people doing ugly things to one another, a Northern Irish faction is making an aggressive comeback.
Westlands’ decision was rooted in a cost-allocation formula imposed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation – a formula that has its origins in the 1939 deal and serves as a reminder of the convoluted nature of water distribution in California.
More planning could have gone into the action scenes however, which sometimes suffer from convoluted continuity and logical lapses.
Returns to Netflix Fri 10/27, 2 AM Despite its convoluted sci-fi plot, Netflix's Stranger Things has become a sensation even among people who aren't fans of the genre, in the same way Game of Thrones has brought fantasy to a larger audience.
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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."
Synonymsbaroque, byzantine, complicate, complicated, complex, daedal, elaborate, intricate, involute, involved, knotty, labyrinthian, labyrinthine, sophisticated, tangled
Antonymsnoncomplex, noncomplicated, plain, simple, uncomplicated
Related Wordsovercomplex, overcomplicated; composite, compound, heterogeneous, mixed, multibranched, multifaceted, multifarious, multipart, varied; challenging, difficult, tough; impenetrable, incomprehensible, inexplicable, Kafkaesque, unfathomable, unintelligible
Near Antonymsoversimplified, simplified, simplistic; homogeneous, uniform, unvaried
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