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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
Read more: Middle East Rifts Are Widening Amid a Global Power Vacuum Like the United States, the U.K. has deep and convoluted security and economic ties with Saudi Arabia.
A new report from ProPublica elaborates on this convoluted process, which Facebook’s team of 7,500 content moderators must learn the ins and outs of.
There's no action, quick-time events, or convoluted character customization to distract from the act of telling a story.
Making things worse, at one point Sekulow strayed from the script and offered a pre-emptive defense of the president should the rumors of an obstruction investigation be true, and that’s when things got really convoluted.
Tom Cruise is a poor fit as a soldier of fortune who battles an ancient evil princess released from her crypt in this convoluted mishmash.
Studying tyrosine phosphorylation is convoluted, because the genetic mechanism for making phosphotyrosine is indirect.
Police expect 25-year-old Gary Strawser of Greenleaf to be charged with drug possession, eluding an officer and aggravated assault on an officer, all felonies, after a convoluted Sunday afternoon pursuit.
Standing in a sunlit atrium, flanked by American flags and convoluted charts illustrating the permitting process, Trump said his administration will drastically speed up project approvals as part of his infrastructure initiative.
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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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