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Definition highly complex or intricate

More rarely, convoluted can refer to many overlapping coils or folds as in "She is studying brain convolutions and fissures."
  • It's hard to follow her convoluted reasoning.
convoluted = very complex
  • She believes in some kind of convoluted conspiracy theory.
  • convoluted = complex
  • 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
  • convolutions = complex folds and twists
  • 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
  • convolutions = highly complex or intricate patterns
  • 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
  • convolutions = complex curves
  • 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?
  • convoluted = highly complex (hard to understand)
  • 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
  • convoluted = highly complex or intricate
  • It [a long strap] passed in many convolutions about my limbs and body,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • convolutions = intricate overlapping coils
  • convoluted legal language
  • a convoluted shell
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The deck was huge, the design on the backs of the cards convoluted.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • On his desk is an inkstand of Byzantine convolution and splendour.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • I believe in that myself because it has been explained by competent men as the convolutions of the grey matter.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • BB made a convoluted gesture with his hands.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Two days later they came to the first of a series of bluffs carved eons earlier into convolutions, pockets, blank dark eyes.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • He ran a finger over their convoluted surface.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • A convoluted process I sincerely believe only your man could have negotiated.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum

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