- obviously planned or forced; artificial; strained: a contrived story.
Origin of contrived
- to plan with ingenuity; devise; invent: The author contrived a clever plot.
- to bring about or effect by a plan, scheme, or the like; manage: He contrived to gain their votes.
- to plot (evil, treachery, etc.).
- to form designs; plan.
- to plot.
Origin of contrive
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Examples from the Web for contrived
Bone was a highly competent managing editor, and contrived somehow to squeeze us into the tumultuous Post office.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Or, worse, they are contrived to sound tired, perhaps in an attempt to come off as world-weary.U2 Generously Gives Us a Lousy Album, Sucks at the Corporate Teat
September 13, 2014
The story is schematic and contrived rather than palpable and lived.Ian McEwan's New Novel Keeps Life at Arm's Length
September 11, 2014
How contrived that Modern Family would end its season finale with the tried-and-true sitcom trope: a wedding.Modern Family’s Big, Gay (and Important) Wedding
May 22, 2014
We are constantly bombarded by whining from the right over its contrived war on Christmas.The War on Thanksgiving
November 26, 2013
More than likely some of them had contrived a way to get a dinner.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
By this time they had contrived to make the cellar a little more comfortable.Weighed and Wanting
Garson contrived to present an aspect of comparative indifference.Within the Law
Mrs. Pendarves also contrived to be on good terms with both.Handel
Edward J. Dent
How they contrived to keep themselves alive is more than I can imagine.Tanglewood Tales
- obviously planned, artificial, or lacking in spontaneity; forced; unnatural
- (tr) to manage (something or to do something), esp by means of a trick; engineerhe contrived to make them meet
- (tr) to think up or adapt ingeniously or elaboratelyhe contrived a new mast for the boat
- to plot or scheme (treachery, evil, etc)
Word Origin and History for contrived
early 14c., from Old French controver (Modern French controuver) "to find out, contrive, imagine," from Late Latin contropare "to compare" (via a figure of speech), from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + tropus "song, musical mode," from Greek tropos "figure of speech" (see trope).
Sense evolution (in French) was from "invent with ingenuity" to "invent falsely." Spelled contreve until unexplained 15c. sound change that also affected briar, friar, choir. Related: Contrived; contriving.