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[lab-uh-rin-thin, -theen] /ˌlæb əˈrɪn θɪn, -θin/
of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth.
complicated; tortuous:
the labyrinthine byways of modern literature.
Also, labyrinthian
[lab-uh-rin-thee-uh n] /ˌlæb əˈrɪn θi ən/ (Show IPA),
Origin of labyrinthine
1740-50; labyrinth + -ine1
Related forms
labyrinthically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for labyrinthine
  • Its labyrinthine alleys teemed with blacksmiths, cotton-spinners, book-binders and other craftsmen.
  • It is much less effective than her labyrinthine canvases, a mode of which she has a fine command.
  • He would simplify and reform the labyrinthine tax system.
  • Perhaps these annals of crime are too labyrinthine to be fully and incisively captured by cameras.
  • There follows a series of labyrinthine plot twists, leading to a corpse-strewn denouement.
  • The labyrinthine complexity of the plan hasn't helped matters.
  • White-masked technicians come and go in the huge, labyrinthine plant buildings, trying to keep the electricity coming.
  • Other quarries cleared a space on the plain, then opened long, labyrinthine tunnels along the sides where entire villages lived.
  • But not even the labyrinthine structures in the eye present an insurmountable barrier to evolution.
  • The party's labyrinthine position on tax policy isn't worth untangling any further.
British Dictionary definitions for labyrinthine


of or relating to a labyrinth
resembling a labyrinth in complexity
Derived Forms
labyrinthically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for labyrinthine

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

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labyrinthine in Medicine

labyrinthine lab·y·rin·thine (lāb'ə-rĭn'thĭn, -thēn')
Of, relating to, resembling, or constituting a labyrinth.

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