Contrary to popular opinion, convoluted is not the past tense of a word. Convoluted is a word that means extremely complex and difficult to follow. This is usually used to describe an argument, a story or sentence.
Here’s convoluted in a few sentences.
In hopes of confusing the jury, the lawyer made a convoluted argument which only a few people could understand.
Because the medical procedure is a convoluted process, it takes a very long time to complete.
There are a good variety of synonyms you can use as a substitute for this word, depending on what you’re describing or what you feel most comfortable using. We’d highlight two of them.
Something having many different parts to understand
- When learning something new, it can always seem complicated in the beginning.
Something that has a very complex design, or having many details to understand
- The music the pianist composed, was simple, yet powerful and elaborate.