lab·​y·​rin·​thine | \ ˌla-bə-ˈrin(t)-thən How to pronounce labyrinthine (audio) ; -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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Examples of labyrinthine in a Sentence

the labyrinthine politics of Central Europe left us totally befuddled
Recent Examples on the Web Given the safety requirements and protocols, the setup for the graduation was labyrinthine. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, 30 May 2020 Devs is only the latest in a series of puzzle-box shows more preoccupied with their own cleverness and their labyrinthine twists than with the burden of watchability. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2020 The result of this technique is that Raulff’s text is somehow dreamy but not sentimental; labyrinthine but not frustrating. C. E. Morgan, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2018 Here are five recommendations for purchase that might lead you into your own labyrinthine journey through the wormhole that is Bandcamp. Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2020 In the wake of the hack, the company is temporarily disabling the ability to log in to Nintendo Accounts through the NNID system, which, in the labyrinthine world of Nintendo account authentications, is only one method of doing so. Julie Muncy, Wired, 24 Apr. 2020 Pynchon’s labyrinthine novels, with their codes and puzzles that lead nowhere, on Ripatrazone’s telling reflect a sacramental imagination that sees everything as — to use Dante’s word — polysemantic. James Matthew Wilson, National Review, 16 Apr. 2020 Autumn can’t afford lodging in New York, but her hopes that her visit will be brief are dashed by labyrinthine rules. David Sims, The Atlantic, 13 Mar. 2020 The entire debacle is leading to all sorts of questions about the necessity of Iowa’s labyrinthine caucus process — which was already an easy thing to complain about. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of labyrinthine

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Labyrinthine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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lab·​y·​rin·​thine | \ -ˈrin(t)-thən; -ˈrin-ˌthīn How to pronounce labyrinthine (audio) , -ˌthēn How to pronounce labyrinthine (audio) \

Medical Definition of labyrinthine

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

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