2. [syn: Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuous]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tangle \Tan"gle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tangled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Tangling.] [A frequentative fr. tang seaweed; hence, to
twist like seaweed. See Tang seaweed, and cf. Tangle, n.]
1. To unite or knit together confusedly; to interweave or
interlock, as threads, so as to make it difficult to
unravel the knot; to entangle; to ravel.
2. To involve; to insnare; to entrap; as, to be tangled in
lies. "Tangled in amorous nets." --Milton.
When my simple weakness strays,
Tangled in forbidden ways. --Crashaw.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: in a confused mass; "pushed back her tangled hair"; "the
tangled ropes" [ant: untangled]
2: highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious; "the
Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for holding on
to his chairmanship"; "convoluted legal language";
"convoluted reasoning"; "the plot was too involved"; "a
knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering";
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott;
"tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting
for months" [syn: Byzantine, convoluted, involved,
knotty, tangled, tortuous]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
38 Moby Thesaurus words for "tangled":
Byzantine, balled up, complex, complicated, confounded, confused,
convoluted, crabbed, daedal, devious, elaborate, embrangled,
entangled, fouled up, implicated, intricate, involuted, involved,
knotted, labyrinthian, labyrinthine, loused up, many-faceted,
matted, mazy, meandering, messed up, mixed up, mucked up,
multifarious, perplexed, ramified, roundabout, screwed up, snarled,
subtle, tangly, twisted