convoluted convoluted  /ˈkɑn və ˌlu təd/


  1. (adj) rolled longitudinally upon itself
  2. (adj) highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious


  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. Oddo: NYC mayoral candidates must commit to strengthening Staten Island's coastline

    "The fact that this is the last six months of an administration does make all of this that much more convoluted," Oddo said.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Staten Island Advance

  2. Does Iran's President Matter?

    The convoluted system in which a supreme leader supervises the president, who in turn represents the people.        
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Atlantic

  3. Ben & Jerry's could make a D.C. ice cream with Route 11 potato chips

    ... if enough people check-in to D.C. law offices on Foursquare. It's all part of a convoluted (but delicious) effort to crowdsource an ice cream with "local flavor."
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Washington Post


  1. "Getting insurance companies to keep their promises and cover medical costs can be hard enough as it is," Cuomo said. "But when insurers like United create convoluted and dishonest systems for determining the rate of reimbursement, real...
    on Feb 13, 2008 By: Andrew Cuomo Source:

  2. LAS VEGAS -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday that his top rival's attempt to pressure the Bush administration to end the war in Iraq is "a convoluted approach to the problem."
    on Jul 13, 2007 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post

  3. Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, called Gonzales' remarks Tuesday "a convoluted view of the world."
    on Jan 16, 2007 By: Michael Ratner Source: Guardian Unlimited

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