convoluted – adjective
- extremely complicated and difficult to understand: a convoluted argument/story , The argument is rather convoluted.
- very twisted; a very convoluted route/knot
- having many twists and bends; a tightly-coiled convoluted tube
- Convoluted sentences, explanations, arguments, etc. are unreasonably long and difficult to understand : His grammar explanations are terribly convoluted. Her book is full of long, convoluted sentences.The film is let down by a convoluted plot in which nothing really happens. an extraordinarily convoluted narrative; convoluted reasoning
baroque, complicated, complex, involved, intricate, elaborate, impenetrable, serpentine, labyrinthine, tortuous, tangled, byzantine, Daedalian (daedal), Gordian; confused, confusing, bewildering, baffling, puzzling, perplexing, involute, knotty, sophisticated
simple, straightforward, noncomplex, noncomplicated, plain, uncomplicated
Used when talking about – Complexity
- compound (something consisting of two or more different parts)
- be more to sth than meets the eye – If there is more to something than meets the eye, it is more difficult to understand or involves more things than you thought at the beginning.
- thereby hangs a tale – said to someone when what they have asked about involves a long explanation; Why are you limping? Ah, thereby hangs a tale.
Source of information – Cambridge Dictionaries Online , Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English , Oxford Dictionaries and Merriam-Webster Dictionary