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anfractuous Syllabification: an·frac·tu·ous
Pronunciation: /anˈfrak(t)SHo͞oəs/

Definition of anfractuous in English:


Sinuous or circuitous.
Example sentences
  • Tired of hearing and reading too much ‘anfractuous remplissage’ - in other words, circuitous padding?
  • There is what I suppose is intended to be the telling juxtaposition of different sorts of ‘conspiracy theories’, linked by the sort of anfractuous logic that informs Horowitz's ‘Discover the Network’.
  • Certain bloggers revel in this kind of anfractuous illogic.


Pronunciation: /-ˌfrakCHo͞oˈäsitē/
Example sentences
  • Will it result in a facile anti-reductionist anfractuosity so skilfully punctuated way back by E.H. Carr in his What is History?
  • An anfractuous road would be full of windings; an explanation full of anfractuosity would be very intricate.
  • This one was found by Florence Trentin in an anfractuosity of the reef.


Late 16th century: from late Latin anfractuosus, from Latin anfractus 'a bending'.

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