convoluted
[ kon-vuh-loo-tid ]
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Part of Speechadjective, adjectiveOrigin + Etymology
Late-18th century; Latin; from the past participle of convolute, from the Latin convolutus, past participle of convolvere "roll together, intertwine"
Synonyms
adjective
tangled twisted knotted
adjective
intricate labyrinthine perplexing puzzling
Antonyms
adjective
straight untangled
adjective
direct simple straightforward understandable
Definition
adjectivetwisted; coiled
adjectivecomplicated; intricately involved
Examples
adjectiveA) The wires had ended up convoluted in the moving box. B) We're not sure how the bird's nest ended up convoluted amongst the debris.
adjectiveA) The novel became increasingly convoluted as the narrative introduced multiple parallel timelines. B) The new approach to teaching math seemed rather convoluted compared to the old style.
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