convoluted :

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kon vuh looh tuhd

  • v  curl, wind, or twist together
  • v  practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
  • s  rolled longitudinally upon itself
  • s  highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
    convoluted legal language
    convoluted reasoning

  • The Gorilla of Wall Street, as Fuld was known, steered Lehman deep into the business of subprime mortgages, bankrolling lenders across the country that were making convoluted loans .
  • 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.
  • The most recent bubble offered CDOs, Option ARMS, Structured Notes and a virtual lexicon of complex and convoluted financing.
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  • Andrew Cuomo in
    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...
  • Barack Obama in Washington Post
    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."
  • Michael Ratner in Guardian Unlimited
    Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, called Gonzales' remarks Tuesday "a convoluted view of the world."

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