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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
Set over the course of a three-day prison riot, the season was composed of convoluted timelines and changes in perspectives.
For better or worse, Westworld clearly has enough material to spin out dense, twisty, needlessly convoluted stories for years and years to come.
Rather than invent convoluted schemes to reduce their taxpayers’ federal tax burden, Democrats ought to cut their own.
It's been a long, convoluted flight path for the water-bombing 747 to get here.
Over on ABC Family, the death of Alison and her re-emergence as A in Pretty Little Liars has some twin shenanigans that seem to get more convoluted every episode.
But as with his last movie, the much-maligned (if fascinating) Tomorrowland, there are moments where Bird gets in his own way with a convoluted narrative and unsteady allegories.
Trump officials have hinted for weeks that the plan, in part, will untangle the convoluted system of discounts and rebates between drugmakers and insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and other health care middlemen.
The way a side effect gets listed on a medication is a little convoluted.
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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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