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labyrinthine

[ lab-uh-rin-thin, -theen ]

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth.
  2. complicated; tortuous:

    the labyrinthine byways of modern literature.



labyrinthine

/ ˌlæbəˈrɪnθaɪn; ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪən; ˌlæbəˈrɪnθɪk /

adjective

  1. of or relating to a labyrinth
  2. resembling a labyrinth in complexity


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Derived Forms

  • ˌlabyˈrinthically, adverb

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Other Words From

  • laby·rinthi·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of labyrinthine1

First recorded in 1740–50; labyrinth + -ine 1

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Example Sentences

At a time when so many people are struggling to navigate labyrinthine websites and backed-up phone lines to track down a coronavirus vaccine, the Fabulous Ladies Book Club has demonstrated a remarkable efficiency.

An oppressively dark, cluttered, unnavigable wood-paneled disaster, Kylie’s childhood home feels labyrinthine and suffocating, even though it’s hardly the Overlook Hotel.

From Vox

The labyrinthine story, which progresses simultaneously through 13 interwoven narratives, is the very best kind of sci-fi mind-boggler and a pleasure to unravel from start to finish.

That debate seems abstract on the surface, but it could have major implications for American businesses, whose labyrinthine global supply chains may reach into poor countries with patchy labor conditions far away from corporate headquarters.

From Fortune

In fact, most firms operating in the labyrinthine digital ad ecosystem have not placed any new limits on political advertisers since 2016, especially when it comes to targeting.

From Digiday

Now its labyrinthine streets decked in shades of blue are open to visitors.

Less literally, they are set in the labyrinthine world within.

TAURUS Life now feels labyrinthine, which you are archetypally equipped to handle.

Director Christopher Nolan gave movie-going audiences an enormous amount of credit with this labyrinthine thriller.

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.

The three wended through the labyrinthine shades, finding their way with almost the instinct of wild animals.

Labyrinthine, subterranean, and full of subtleties as all these creeds appear to be, they are easy enough to comprehend.

The administrative offices of a giant mill such as the Chippering in Hampton are labyrinthine.

He couldn't bring himself to force his way through the labyrinthine tangle of circumstances that surrounded her.

There were sea-birds skimming the water as we threaded the labyrinthine channels that surround Juneau.

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