the involution of the thriller's plot made it hard to follow
Recent Examples on the WebIn contrast, non-Muslim minorities began a long process of involution after the Islamic Arab conquests, only disrupted in the past century by emigration and to a lesser extent emancipation.—Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 10 June 2011 China’s hyper-competitive schools and workplaces have given rise to movements like ‘lying flat’ and ‘involution,’ which symbolize young people’s growing rejection of its cutthroat systems.—Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 17 Sep. 2022 Lying flat and involution are not just online fodder, experts say; symptoms of passive resistance are popping up across Chinese society.—Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 29 Aug. 2022 The opposite of evolution, a process of involution spirals in on itself, trapping its participants.—Yi-ling Liu, Wired, 9 Mar. 2021 Notice that this is an involution as = ∂. In addition, the only self-conjugate itinerary is a string of O’s.—Nicholas Diaco, Scientific American, 20 Mar. 2018 The entire process is known as involution of the uterus.—Jennifer Hansen, WIRED, 6 Oct. 2010 See More
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Middle English involucioun "wrapping of a bandage, twist or coil of an organ, anatomical fold or entanglement," borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French involucion "state of something rolled up on itself, confusion, complications hindering the prosecution of a lawsuit," borrowed from Medieval Latin involūtiōn-, involūtiō "twist or coil of an organ, covering, wrapping up, envelopment, complexity, obscurity," going back to Latin, "a spiral, screw," from involū-, variant stem of involvere "to move by rolling, roll back on itself, enclose in a covering, wrap up" (Medieval Latin, "to engage in an affair or occupation, implicate, ensnare") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at involve