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kuhn trahyvd

  • v  make or work out a plan for; devise
    They contrived to murder their boss
  • v  come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
  • v  put or send forth
  • s  showing effects of planning or manipulation
    a novel with a contrived ending
  • s  artificially formal
    contrived coyness

  • But for the contrived ending, it would have been a good novel.
  • Thousands of songs, even well-known songs, make the few rhymes for "love" sound contrived.
  • But even savvy viewers who realize that their favorite reality shows are cast, contrived and edited to be dramatic may have no idea how brazen the fudging can be.
News & Articles

  • Lawmaker accuses Google of highly contrived efforts to dodge taxes
    LONDON — An influential committee of British lawmakers accused search giant Google of dodging its taxes on Thursday, issuing a scathing report that said the U.S. Internet company took on highly contrived arrangements serving no purpose other than to avoid paying its fair share.
    June 13, 2013 - Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
  • MPs' report criticises Google's tax affairs
    By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - MPs described Google's tax affairs as "contrived" in a report released on Thursday and called on the UK tax authority to vigorously investigate whether the company was acting within the law. The parliamentary investigation was prompted by a Reuters report, which showed the company employed staff in sales roles in London, even though it had told MPs in November ...
    June 13, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! News
  • U.K. Lawmakers Slam Google Over ‘Contrived’ Tax Strategy
    U.K. lawmakers attacked Google Inc. (GOOG) for defending a “highly contrived” strategy of booking advertising sales through Ireland to reduce its tax liability in Britain.
    June 12, 2013 - Bloomberg

  • John Adams in Washington Post
    In a year with the injustice of Jena Six, nooses hung around the country and the Tiger Woods-Golfweek scandal, Major League Baseball's false impersonations of friendships and ill-contrived questions further press sensitive racial stereotypes, with... Jesse Jackson USA Today Jan 30, 2008 21958 29488 contrived John Adams, America's first vice president, complained: My country in its wisdom has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived."
  • Patrick Leahy in Advertiser Adelaide
    It is obvious that the reasons given for the firings of these prosecutors were contrived as part of a cover-up and that the stonewalling by the White House is part and parcel of that same effort,said Senate Judiciary Committee chairman...

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