convolute convolute  /ˈkɑn və ˌlut/


  1. (v) curl, wind, or twist together
  2. (v) practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
  3. (adj) rolled longitudinally upon itself


  1. From their agreement sprang one of the most convoluted conspiracies since Guy Fawkes schemed in 1605 to blow up the English Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder.
  2. The most recent bubble offered CDOs, Option ARMS, Structured Notes and a virtual lexicon of complex and convoluted financing.
  3. Yet Keynes' largest influence came from a convoluted, badly organized and in places nearly incomprehensible tome published in 1936, during the depths of the Great Depression.


  1. "At the end of the day, it's 11-on-11," Sirmon said. "The circumstances and the arenas and the television kind of convolute what's at the essence of the game. It's about winning your match-ups, one-on-one, and bringing the attitude and effort...
    on May 13, 2008 By: Peter Sirmon Source: Daily Record

  2. "It's finding another way to convolute the issue and argue about semantics and things that ultimately don't matter," says DiCaprio, sitting in the shade of a cabana as that yacht - really, it's the mother of all yachts; it looks as if it's left...
    on May 20, 2007 By: Leonardo DiCaprio Source: Vancouver Sun (subscription)

  3. "The Vettori videos can wait. No need to convolute the mind before a final," Jaffer said.
    on Jan 8, 2010 By: Wasim Jaffer Source: Daily News & Analysis

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