lab·y·rin·thine | \ˌla-bə-ˈrin(t)-thən; -ˈrin-ˌthīn, -ˌthēn\

Definition of labyrinthine 

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth : intricate, involved

2 : of, relating to, affecting, or originating in the internal ear labyrinthine lesions

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the labyrinthine politics of Central Europe left us totally befuddled

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After the boys went missing, there was alarm they might never be found in the labyrinthine cave complex, amid a frantic search effort that drew cave divers from around the world. George Styllis,, "From mission impossible to mission accomplished: Thailand rejoices as last boys rescued from cave," 11 July 2018 Tanks rumbled through the labyrinthine streets that line the Aburrá Valley’s lush western mountains. Steven Cohen, The New Republic, "Why Colombia Keeps Electing Presidents Tied to Murderers," 18 June 2018 Straightforward though this premise may be, Sacred Games is a labyrinthine show. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 2018 There is the urge to go spelunking through her books, to descend into the mad caves and walk the corridors and labyrinthine tunnels, in search of meaning (or…treasure? Brittany Allen, Longreads, "Getting Tricked by Helen DeWitt," 9 July 2018 Sitting cross-legged on a table outside a labyrinthine cave, a monk meditated in the glow of a burning lamp and silently called on spirits to stop the rainfall. George Styllis,, "Water pumps, drills and Buddhist prayers power desperate search for boys trapped in Thailand cave," 1 July 2018 A couple months ago Berne released the duo album Angel Dusk (Screwgun/Moose Knuckles) with pianist Matt Mitchell, a key member of his intensely dense, labyrinthine band Snakeoil. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Saxophonist Tim Berne strengthens his bond with pianist Matt Mitchell on the knotty new Angel Dusk," 18 June 2018 In his labyrinthine path toward avenging the murder of his father (Barry Kraft) by killing his uncle Claudius (Rod Gnapp), Hamlet tears through guises. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Youth gives some new energy to Marin Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet,’ but not enough," 2 June 2018 The latter market was vast and labyrinthine, with vendors selling everything from fresh fennel and cauliflower to knockoff designer handbags and shoes. New York Times, "The Sights and Smells of Sicily’s Second City," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of labyrinthine

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lab·y·rin·thine | \-ˈrin(t)-thən; -ˈrin-ˌthīn, -ˌthēn \

Medical Definition of labyrinthine 

: of, relating to, affecting, or originating in the inner ear human labyrinthine lesions

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