#WordOfTheDay – What does convoluted mean?

Medieval (6)

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.

Complicated 

Something having many different parts to understand

  • When learning something new, it can always seem complicated in the beginning.

Elaborate

Something that has a very complex design, or having many details to understand

  • The music the pianist composed, was simple, yet powerful and elaborate.
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