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Line breaks: con|vo¦luted
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒnvəˈl(j)uːtɪd

Definition of convoluted in English:


1(Especially of an argument, story, or sentence) extremely complex and difficult to follow: the film is let down by a convoluted plot in which nothing really happens
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  • When Douglas's character smells a rat, the convoluted thriller plot is set in motion.
  • Make sure you stay away from long, convoluted arguments that demand intense concentration to follow.
  • Another problem is that the convoluted narrative constantly conflicts with itself and could never actually add up in real life.
2chiefly technical Intricately folded, twisted, or coiled: walnuts come in hard and convoluted shells
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  • He was fully aware he was dreaming, but remained deep within the convoluted folds of his subconscious.
  • The broken remains of the engine room form a short but convoluted route past twisted girders and scattered machinery.
  • There was a convoluted tangle of coloured threads around you, some of which seemed to be paths.


late 18th century: past participle of convolute, from Latin convolutus, past participle of convolvere 'roll together, intertwine' (see convolve).



Example sentences
  • According to the most simple model, each species is accounted for by a mono-exponential decay function that is convoluted with the respective instrument response function (IRF).
  • The data was therefore convoluted with a profile that mimics the image of a microtubule to filter out the vertical coordinate.
  • Sula challenges us to reconsider how histories of tops and bottoms, ups and downs within American social structures become convoluted into the ironic hierarchies and differences in African American society.


Example sentences
  • This is Jim Hightower saying… How convolutedly convenient!
  • So the convolutedly titled Mitsubishi Evolution VIII MR FQ400 is an astounding proposition.
  • ‘Pivotal’ is the same song, only minor-keyed and more convolutedly structured.


Example sentences
  • Despite a storyline that seems to revel in its own convolutedness, the movie manages to present its themes as relatively simple.
  • Usually movies like this really get caught up in their own convolutedness but this was exucuted perfectly.
  • The syntax of the poem is complex and its convolutedness is so extreme that it disrupts semantic expectations.

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