- of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth.
- complicated; tortuous: the labyrinthine byways of modern literature.
Also lab·y·rin·thi·an [lab-uh-rin-thee-uh n] /ˌlæb əˈrɪn θi ən/, lab·y·rin·thic.
Origin of labyrinthine
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Examples from the Web for labyrinthine
Now its labyrinthine streets decked in shades of blue are open to visitors.Morocco's Secret All-Blue City
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Director Christopher Nolan gave movie-going audiences an enormous amount of credit with this labyrinthine thriller.The Highest-Grossing Films of the Year
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He was put off by the labyrinthine vetting procedure he would have had to go through, but ultimately the job itself was a bad fit.Obama's Foreign Aid Mess
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Millions of marine creatures swarmed in the labyrinthine waterways.Tales of Fishes
Whether this inscription was ever attached to a labyrinthine design is not known.Mazes and Labyrinths
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Somewhere through the labyrinthine obscurity his death sought him.When the Sleeper Wakes
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Ken and Carol looked about the first of the labyrinthine caverns.Fly By Night
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What a labyrinthine thicket Is this place that I have entered!The Two Lovers of Heaven: Chrysanthus and Daria
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labyrinthian (ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪən) or labyrinthic (ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪk)
- of or relating to a labyrinth
- resembling a labyrinth in complexity
Word Origin and History for labyrinthine
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, resembling, or constituting a labyrinth.
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