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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
But the trailer is too convoluted to make its mystery seem compelling.
Deal documents the Journal reviewed and interviews with people involved in the deal detail a convoluted chain of transactions that ends up benefiting Tharawat, the bin Salman company.
In truth, the reasons for Escobar's untimely death are far more convoluted than could be simply attributed to footballing matters.
Even Jewishness, which might seem a clear category, had convoluted criteria in the 1935 Nuremberg Laws and, later, in debates over the fate of Mischlinge, or half-Jews.
The liberal media scrambled to figure out why House Republicans were so enthusiastic about publicizing the memos, which inevitably resulted in convoluted conspiracy theories.
Like convoluted clauses, passive jury instructions can be hard to follow.
PCWorld’s guide on how to protect your PC from Meltdown and Spectre can walk you through the entire convoluted process.
Throughout the series and all its convoluted, ridiculous plotting, a sense of fun and a firm hand in the director's chair helped the trilogy never slip into too familiar a rhythm.
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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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