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It’s hard to follow her convoluted reasoning.
  highly complex or intricate
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convoluted convolution convolutions convolutional convoluting convolutes
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  • It’s hard to follow her convoluted reasoning.
  • convoluted legal language
  • He believes in some kind of convoluted conspiracy theory.
  • a convoluted shell

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  • Grandfather’s been dead for all these years, but if you lifted my skull, by God, in the convolutions of my brain you’d find the big ridges of his thumbprint.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • father and son did a magnificent, convoluted black-power soul handshake called the "dap," the kind of handshake that lasts five minutes, fingers looping, thumbs up, thumbs down, index fingers collapsing, wrists snapping, bracelets tingling.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • he held her tighter and ran the tip of his tongue along her cheek and onto the lobe of her ear and along the lovely convolutions to the sweet, firm rim at the top,
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • If you can imagine a toadstool in joints, an interminable string of toadstools, budding and sprouting in endless convolutions—why, that is something like it.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Have you ever listened to the way you talk? You’re so frigging. . . convoluted . . . that’s what you are. You talk like you were writing one of your stupid papers.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • It [a long strap] passed in many convolutions about my limbs and body,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum

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  • His route is so convoluted that it seems for a time as if he has no destination in mind.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • He ran a finger over their convoluted surface.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • Got a little convoluted, to say the least.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • I dreamed aimless, convoluted dreams of the sort which all my life have seemed to be a recurrent specialty—dreams within dreams of ludicrous pursuit, of a quest for some unnamable prize taking me to unknown destinations: up steep angular stairways, by rowboat down sluggish canals, through cockeyed bowling alleys and labyrinthine railroad yards (where I saw my adored English professor at Duke, fully clad in his tweeds, standing at the controls of a rapidly moving switch engine), across…
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Why was my reality convoluted?
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • At the heart of it, magnified by the curved surface, there was a strange, pink, convoluted object that recalled a rose or a sea anemone.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • …symptoms of the burnout. june 10 deterioration progressing. i have become absentminded. algernon died two days ago. dissection shows my predictions were right. his brain had decreased in weight and there was a general smoothing out of cerebral convolutions as well as a deepening and broadening of brain fissures. i guess the same thing is or will soon be happening to me. now that it’s definite, i don’t want it to happen. i put algernon’s body in a cheese box and buried him in the back…
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • His favorite item was a root so convoluted he never tired of looking at it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He laughed at my convoluted sentence.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Unwilling to let McCandless go, I spent more than a year retracing the convoluted path that led to his death in the Alaska taiga, chasing down details of his peregrinations with an interest that bordered on obsession.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The door was open behind them, held back by a big pink conch shell with hints of sea sunsets in its smooth inner convolutions.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Nowadays, Langdon hesitated even to mention the Knights Templar while lecturing because it invariably led to a barrage of convoluted inquiries into assorted conspiracy theories.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • That she’d tried to understand and make sense of the convoluted journey he’d taken to get here seemed nothing short of miraculous.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Lying in strange folds, courses, and convolutions, to their apprehensions, it seems more in keeping with the idea of his general might to regard that mystic part of him as the seat of his intelligence.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The striated tongues of rock twisted in such convoluted patterns that the eye had difficulty following a single piece from base to tip, but rather flitted from one coil to the next.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • His eyes were vivid with real interest now, trying — again — to unravel the convoluted workings of my mind.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • I believe in that myself because it has been explained by competent men as the convolutions of the grey matter.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • My life is a convoluted web of lies.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • They had picked two dozen salmon from the net, three stray sticks, two dogfish, a long convoluted coil of kelp, and a number of ensnarled jellyfish when Carl Heine’s face showed.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • After diagonally crossing the crypt, the group entered a dimly lit foyer and began winding through a convoluted series of hallways and dead ends.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • James is known, of course, as a master, perhaps the master, of psychological realism; if you want massive novels with sentences as long and convoluted as the Missouri River, James is your man.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • He ended up building all those convoluted rationales for lofty ambition, saying he needed to go to a famous college, a place everyone had heard of, to justify all of his painful sacrifices.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • There were times when, as he sat at State Department or Defense Department meetings, and looked around the table, he saw nothing more than a dozen gray, convoluted brains sitting on the table.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • She was a thoughtful, well-read young woman, with opinions on a variety of topics such as the responsibility that came with Britain’s military power, the nature of commerce and industry under a monarchy, how to care for the poor and neglected, the sensationalist tendencies of the Fleet Street papers, and the convolutions of the legal system as exposed by the eminent author Charles Dickens.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • On his desk is an inkstand of Byzantine convolution and splendour.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Six of Nasuada’s guards were present-two stationed by the entrance and four behind Nasuada-and Eragon detected the convoluted pattern of Elva’s dark and twisted thoughts from where the witch-child was hidden at the far end of the pavilion.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • I wondered if my convoluted questions even made sense.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Analysis and introspection might come later; but for the moment she was not even troubled by the excesses of the upholstery or the restless convolutions of the furniture.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • It was a day he would remember as long as he could remember for the rest of his convoluted life.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • It was getting so that they couldn’t flush the head without a computer command…The Dallas’ course track showed up as a convoluted red line, with tick marks displayed at fifteen-minute intervals.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • He’s been trying to tell you that for weeks in perfectly lucid English — I suspect too lucid for your convoluted mentality.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It was the beginning of a long, convoluted crystallization that would prevent me from serving in Vietnam.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • What was I doing embroiled in this convoluted intrigue? A few days after I spoke with Helen, on a December morning that heralded the onset of a bitter winter, the doorbell rang.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He wonders whether to tell the judge the whole convoluted story, about his great-grandmother’s letter that never made it to Cambridge, and about pet names and good names, about what had happened on the first day of kindergarten.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • And then his father came up beside him where he stood before a tattered last year’s circus poster on the other side of the store, gazing rapt and quiet at the scarlet horses, the incredible poisings and convolutions of tulle and tights and the painted leer of comedians, and said, "It’s time to eat."
    William Faulkner  --  Barn Burning
  • BB made a convoluted gesture with his hands.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • While inside the vaulting of the ribs between his knees the darkly meated heart pumped of who’s will and the blood pulsed and the bowels shifted in their massive blue convolutions of who’s will and the stout thighbones and knee and cannon and the tendons like flaxen hawsers that drew and flexed and drew and flexed at their articulations and of who’s will all sheathed and muffled in the flesh and the hooves that stove wells in the morning groundmist and the head turning side to side and…
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • The deck was huge, the design on the backs of the cards convoluted.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • A convoluted process I sincerely believe only your man could have negotiated.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Now there was an interesting thread in her convoluted web of relationships.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
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