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[lab-uh-rin-thin, -theen]
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth.
  2. complicated; tortuous: the labyrinthine byways of modern literature.
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Also lab·y·rin·thi·an [lab-uh-rin-thee-uh n] /ˌlæb əˈrɪn θi ən/, lab·y·rin·thic.

Origin of labyrinthine

First recorded in 1740–50; labyrinth + -ine1
Related formslab·y·rin·thi·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for labyrinthic

Historical Examples of labyrinthic

  • The anterior part is broken up into a kind of labyrinthic network.

    The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)

    Francis Maitland Balfour

  • Dark night, wild raging weather, labyrinthic roads worn knee-deep.

  • The man never faltered in his labour any more than his reasoning wavered in its labyrinthic course to its conclusions.

  • The army moved in Dædalian march; it was at times sinuous with labyrinthic movement to the sound of drums and the roar of bugles.

    The Goddess of Atvatabar

    William R. Bradshaw

  • The dear old woman who asked that lived here, and we searched through the labyrinthic courtyards to find her, but failed.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

British Dictionary definitions for labyrinthic


labyrinthian (ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪən) or labyrinthic (ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪk)

  1. of or relating to a labyrinth
  2. resembling a labyrinth in complexity
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Derived Formslabyrinthically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for labyrinthic



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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

labyrinthic in Medicine


(lăb′ə-rĭnthĭn, -thēn′)
  1. Of, relating to, resembling, or constituting a labyrinth.
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