lab·​y·​rin·​thi·​an | \ ˌla-bə-ˈrin(t)-thē-ən How to pronounce labyrinthian (audio) \

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a Web site with an exceptionally labyrinthian procedure for ordering merchandise
Recent Examples on the Web Posts that reach r/all have, by definition, broken out of the normal conventions of Reddit’s labyrinthian subsections and have a chance to be seen by anyone perusing r/all. Robert Peck, Wired, "The Hate-Fueled Rise of r/The_Donald—and Its Epic Takedown," 3 Aug. 2020 As the site expanded, these labyrinthian settings became increasingly hard to grok, and often made more information public by default, rather than putting true control in the hands of its users. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "A Short History of Facebook's Privacy Gaffes," 30 Mar. 2018 Divers have long known that Yucatan’s underground caves and rivers are frequently connected, but finding this connection was a task that involved years of searching through labyrinthian passageways. Time, "Archaeologists in Mexico Claim to Have Discovered the World's Longest Underwater Cave," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of labyrinthian

1588, in the meaning defined above

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“Labyrinthian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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