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[lab-uh-rin-thin, -theen] /ˌlæb əˈrɪn θɪn, -θin/
of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth.
complicated; tortuous:
the labyrinthine byways of modern literature.
Also, labyrinthian
[lab-uh-rin-thee-uh n] /ˌlæb əˈrɪn θi ən/ (Show IPA),
Origin of labyrinthine
First recorded in 1740-50; labyrinth + -ine1
Related forms
labyrinthically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for labyrinthian
Historical Examples
  • Then he retraced his labyrinthian steps in a corresponding swath.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • What an indescribable, unimaginable mass of labyrinthian motions must exist among these myriads of little bodies!

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper
  • They hit on this plan because they feared an ambush on any of the labyrinthian trails leading off in other unexplored directions.

    The Gilded Man Clifford Smyth
  • The Polish election is the clue to the labyrinthian intrigues and royal tergiversations during the period of the interregnum.

  • A straight course lay open to Cutty, but he chose the labyrinthian because he was obsessed.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • It is a labyrinthian house for its size, this old English Hall,—full of perplexity.

    Doctor Grimshawe's Secret Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The labyrinthian mazes of the immortal mind must be explored and traced from earth to native heaven.

  • He taught them to explore the labyrinthian avenues of human nature—the vast circuit of their own immortal minds.

  • With that, Pedro bade them a fond farewell, and departed along a labyrinthian way they could not follow.


    Allen Chaffee
  • I followed those tangled lines and labyrinthian ways into the vital places of our faithful vehicle.

    The Car That Went Abroad

    Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for labyrinthian


of or relating to a labyrinth
resembling a labyrinth in complexity
Derived Forms
labyrinthically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for labyrinthian



1630s; see labyrinth + -ine (1). Earlier adjective forms were labyrinthian (1580s); labyrinthial (1540s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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labyrinthian in Medicine

labyrinthine lab·y·rin·thine (lāb'ə-rĭn'thĭn, -thēn')
Of, relating to, resembling, or constituting a labyrinth.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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