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The explanation was circuitous and puzzling.
  indirect (deviating from a straight course — physically or in speech or conduct)
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circuitous circuity circuitously
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  • The explanation was circuitous and puzzling.
  • It is a long and circuitous journey by train and then mountain road.
  • We take a circuitous route back to the ten o’clock beach.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Horses and ponies had been sent round by circuitous paths to meet them at their appointed landing-place.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit

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  • I’ve just decided to try and loop back around, although it will require miles of travel away from the inferno and then a very circuitous route back, when the first fireball blasts into the rock about two feet from my head.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • And I did not dare to take too circuitous a route; I might easily lose my way in the wild growth or be overtaken by Jamie and Dougal, returning.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • In ten minutes, the cast and crew of the next propos are making the circuitous trek to the outside.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • "I see you want to," Laila said, irritated by this circuitous, playful accusation.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Their destination was nearby, but Eragon took a circuitous route in an effort to baffle any pursuers.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I am returning to it by a somewhat circuitous route.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express

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  • Rocher led Kohler up a handicapped ramp on a circuitous route into the Apostolic Palace.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I encountered a couple of hungry-looking dogs, but both hurried circuitously away from the advances I made them.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • I went circuitously to Miss Havisham’s by all the back ways, and rang at the bell constrainedly, on account of the stiff long fingers of my gloves.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The bluntness of his question ruined all hopes of leading up to the matter in any circuitous and sentimental way.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Sure enough, the trail led back to the cottage by a circuitous route that stayed far clear of the Cullens’ house and the wolves in the nearby woods.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The spirits of the scout, and the astonishing success of the chase, in which a circuitous distance of more than forty miles had been passed, did not fail to impart a portion of hope to the whole party.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • As if climbing the peak alone in winter weren’t challenging enough, this time he decided to up the ante even further by beginning his ascent at sea level, which entailed walking 160 hard, circuitous miles from the shore of Cook Inlet just to reach the foot of the mountain.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I turned about, no longer aimless, and went—circuitously in order to avoid the busy ways, towards the back streets north of the Strand; for I remembered, though not very distinctly where, that some theatrical costumiers had shops in that district.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • But the man who went softly, by circuitous ways, peering with caution, seeking after secrecy—that was the man who received no suspension of judgment from White Fang, and who went away abruptly, hurriedly, and without dignity.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • "Do you know why he followed you?" began Gringoire again, seeking to return to his question by a circuitous route.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He acted upon this impulse without delay, and choosing the least frequented roads began his journey back, resolved to lie concealed within a short distance of the metropolis, and, entering it at dusk by a circuitous route, to proceed straight to that part of it which he had fixed on for his destination.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • This much, Jerry, with his head becoming more and more spiky as the law terms bristled it, made out with huge satisfaction, and so arrived circuitously at the understanding that the aforesaid, and over and over again aforesaid, Charles Darnay, stood there before him upon his trial; that the jury were swearing in; and that Mr. Attorney-General was making ready to speak.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • He had spoken out of the side of his mouth, as if he hoped his words would reach Mrs. McKisco by a circuitous and unobtrusive route; in a minute he had shoved off into the water and his long body lay motionless toward shore.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • It crossed Broadway from out the shadow of Twenty-sixth Street, and, in a halting, circuitous way, arrived close to the waiting figure.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • A clean-shaved man, with an official manner and wearing gold-rimmed spectacles, called on me one day and made inquiries, at first circuitous, afterwards suavely pressing, about what he was pleased to denominate certain ’documents.’
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • But circuitous as it was, that course had reunited Roran with Eragon, who knew the location of the Ra’zac’s den and had promised to help save Katrina.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • In about ten minutes they returned to the house by a circuitous route, entering at the rear.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • She had no need of these circuitous substitutes.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Meanwhile Giovanni had pursued a circuitous route, and at length found himself at the door of his lodgings.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • A circuitous argument followed.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • At ten o’clock he came away, choosing a circuitous route homeward to pass the gates of the college whose head had just sent him the note.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Though her mode of doing everything was peculiarly meandering and circuitous, and without any sort of calculation as to time and place,—though her kitchen generally looked as if it had been arranged by a hurricane blowing through it, and she had about as many places for each cooking utensil as there were days in the year,—yet, if one would have patience to wait her own good time, up would come her dinner in perfect order, and in a style of preparation with which an epicure could find…
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Only they had chosen the West Ridge, a circuitous, brutally difficult route, littered with land mine after land mine of steep, technical pitches, which had been successfully scaled only once, twelve years earlier, by Japanese climber Eiho Otani and his Pakistani partner Nazir Sabir.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Their walk having been circuitous, they were still not far from the house, and in obeying his direction she only had to reach the large stone bridge across the main river and follow the road for a few yards.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The King’s Route was wide and straight, crossing the more circuitous Sacred Way twice again before reaching the docks.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • Since the Jackal had seen me, my route was circuitous, which left me time to think.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The motorcade then took a circuitous and unfamiliar route to Marshall Square as if they were concerned we might be ambushed.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Bees and butterflies in the cornfields at the top of the town, who desired to get to the meads at the bottom, took no circuitous course, but flew straight down High Street without any apparent consciousness that they were traversing strange latitudes.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • I am an extremely unhandy man (my schooling was over before the days of Slojd); but most of the requirements of a raft I met at last in some clumsy, circuitous way or other, and this time I took care of the strength.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • I could not manage the circuitous trip to the embassy and still make it back to Mahtob’s school by noon.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The imprevidibility of the future: once in the summer of 1898 he (Bloom) had marked a florin (2/-) with three notches on the milled edge and tendered it m payment of an account due to and received by J. and T. Davy, family grocers, 1 Charlemont Mall, Grand Canal, for circulation on the waters of civic finance, for possible, circuitous or direct, return.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • By taking a circuitous route, and, as it appeared to her, very unreasonable direction to the knoll, they were soon beyond her eye; and for some minutes longer she remained without sight or sound of any companion.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • …purport of such a lengthy preamble; and though be strove to imagine what desire it could be that so troubled his friend, his conjectures were all far from the truth, and to relieve the anxiety which this perplexity was causing him, he told him he was doing a flagrant injustice to their great friendship in seeking circuitous methods of confiding to him his most hidden thoughts, for he well knew he might reckon upon his counsel in diverting them, or his help in carrying them into effect.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • At eight-thirty, when night had finally fallen, she went east along Taylor to Central Avenue, then by a circuitous route made her way west again to the trysting place.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • I had planned the journey here to Salisbury with considerable care, avoiding almost entirely the major roads; the route might have seemed necessarily circuitous to some, but then it was one that enabled me to take in a fair number of the sights recommended by Mrs J. Symons in her excellent volumes, and I must say I was well pleased with it.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • I wasn’t used to having to go to such circuitous measures, listening to your words in Jessica’s mind… her mind isn’t very original, and it was annoying to have to stoop to that.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • At one moment he thought, "I will write a letter: I prefer that to any circuitous talk;" at another he thought, "No; if I were talking to him, I could make a retreat before any signs of disinclination."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • In addition to the upward path through the heath to Rainbarrow and Mistover, there was a road which branched from the highway a short distance below the inn, and ascended to Mistover by a circuitous and easy incline.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • ’Having written on her death-bed a letter or confession to you, about this very boy, which, as it was not directed otherwise than in your name, only reached you, and that by a circuitous course, a few days since?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Mrs. Shortley waited until the car was out of sight and then she made her way circuitously to the mulberry tree and stood about ten feet behind the two Negroes, one an old man holding a bucket half full of calf feed and the other a yellowish boy with a short woodchuck-like head pushed into a rounded felt hat.
    Flannery O’Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
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