complicated; tortuous: the labyrinthine byways of modern literature.
Related formslab·y·rin·thi·cal·ly, adverb
Also lab·y·rin·thi·an [lab-uh-rin-thee-uh n] /ˌlæb əˈrɪn θi ən/
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Historical Examples of labyrinthian
Then he retraced his labyrinthian steps in a corresponding swath.
What an indescribable, unimaginable mass of labyrinthian motions must exist among these myriads of little bodies!
They hit on this plan because they feared an ambush on any of the labyrinthian trails leading off in other unexplored directions.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for labyrinthian
labyrinthian (ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪən) or labyrinthic (ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪk)
Derived Formslabyrinthically, adverb
of or relating to a labyrinth
resembling a labyrinth in complexity
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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
Of, relating to, resembling, or constituting a labyrinth.
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