Definition of convoluted in English:

convoluted

adjective

  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, he is a compulsive liar whose naivety and innocence allows him to get away with the most convoluted stories.’
    • ‘People's eyes glaze over once they are immersed in its convoluted arguments.’
    • ‘The storylines are convoluted in the extreme: they twist and turn on themselves, surprising and delighting.’
    • ‘Given its epic emotions and convoluted plot, the story might better lend itself to opera than ballet.’
    • ‘Sometimes convoluted word structures just aren't appropriate.’
    • ‘This is the kind of convoluted wording that pops up on a regular basis, and my head still hurts trying to untangle it.’
    • ‘You turned my daughter against me with this convoluted tale that makes me look evil.’
    • ‘The intrigue is deepened by the convoluted tale of the past few months.’
    • ‘To say that it is convoluted and extremely complicated is an understatement.’
    • ‘Youngsters nowadays prefer watching love stories with convoluted endings that stretch for more than three hours.’
    • ‘Anyone who has tried to explain a convoluted opera plot to another is glaringly aware of difficulties that may arise.’
    • ‘If you follow his convoluted logic, it makes a certain kind of sense, but he's stretching things.’
    • ‘This will allow it to assess the best bid quickly as some proposals tend to be convoluted, making comparisons difficult.’
    • ‘The many convoluted and abstruse arguments of these programmes do not concern us here.’
    • ‘These issues and their connotations for academic freedom and campus sustainability are complex and convoluted.’
    • ‘And the expensive process could take a year to complete because of convoluted legal and municipal procedures.’
    • ‘Because the issues of censorship are so convoluted and complicated I find it difficult to come down completely on one side or the other.’
    complicated, complex, involved, intricate, elaborate, impenetrable, serpentine, labyrinthine, tortuous, tangled, Byzantine, Daedalian, Gordian
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  • 2technical Intricately folded, twisted, or coiled.

    ‘walnuts come in hard and convoluted shells’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Notice the convoluted rope work.’
    • ‘The hot liquor tank has a convoluted coil of copper pipe that is used to raise the temperature of the mash.’

Origin

Late 18th century past participle of convolute, from Latin convolutus, past participle of convolvere ‘roll together, intertwine’ (see convolve).

Pronunciation

convoluted

/ˌkɒnvəˈl(j)uːtɪd/