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Complicated and difficult to understand - thesaurus

Synonyms

complicated

adjective

difficult to do, deal with, or understand, especially because of involving a lot of different processes or aspects

difficult

adjective

not easy to do, deal with, or understand

complex

adjective

something that is complex has a lot of details or small parts that make it difficult to understand or deal with

elaborate

adjective

very detailed and complicated

confused

adjective

complicated and not well organized or explained

confusing

adjective

if something is confusing, it is not easy to understand because it is complicated or not well organized or explained

incomprehensible

adjective

impossible to understand

intricate

adjective

very complicated and difficult to understand or learn

contorted

adjective

very complicated and difficult to understand

involved

adjective

complicated and difficult to understand

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abstruse

adjective

formal abstruse ideas or arguments are hard to understand, and are more complicated than necessary

ambiguous

adjective

confusing or not definite, and therefore difficult to understand

arcane

adjective

formal mysterious and difficult to understand

as clear as mud

very difficult to understand

baroque

adjective

very detailed or complicated

bewildering

adjective

a bewildering situation is confusing and difficult to understand

beyond someone’s ken

impossible for someone to understand because they do not have enough knowledge or experience

blurred

adjective

difficult to understand or remember clearly

bureaucratic

adjective

involving a lot of complicated rules, details, and processes

byzantine

adjective

formal complicated and difficult to understand

cerebral

adjective

formal dealing with complicated ideas rather than with emotions

convoluted

adjective

very complicated, or more complicated than necessary

cosmic

adjective

often humorous very big, important, or difficult to understand

cryptic

adjective

expressing something in a mysterious or indirect way so that it is difficult to understand

cumbersome

adjective

cumbersome words or phrases are difficult to understand or remember because they are long or complicated

dense

adjective

dense writing is not easy to understand because it contains a lot of information

the devil is in the detail

used for saying that something may seem simple, but in fact the details are complicated and likely to cause problems

dim

adjective

used about something that you do not know much about or cannot understand very well

disjointed

adjective

confusing because the different parts seem not to be connected with each other

dizzying

adjective

making you feel confused or dizzy

elaborate

adjective

used about something that is more complicated than is practical or necessary

elusive

adjective

difficult to remember or understand

enigmatic

adjective

mysterious and difficult to understand

esoteric

adjective

known about or understood by very few people

fanciful

adjective

unusual and complicated rather than plain and practical

fancy

adjective

complicated or difficult

fathomless

adjective

literary complicated and mysterious

finicky

adjective

more complicated than necessary and difficult to deal with

fuzzy

adjective

difficult to understand, or not explained clearly

garbled

adjective

confusing, or not accurate

gnomic

adjective

literary a gnomic remark is short and clever but difficult to understand

Heath Robinson

adjective

British a Heath Robinson machine or method is funny and clever but much too complicated for whatever job it is intended to perform

heavy going

something that is heavy going is difficult to achieve or understand

highfalutin

adjective

informalshowing disapproval used for describing people, language, or ideas that sound very educated and difficult to understand

high-flown

adjective

high-flown ideas or language sound very complicated or important but are often not very useful or practical

impenetrable

adjective

impossible to understand

inaccessible

adjective

difficult or impossible to understand

incoherent

adjective

badly organized or expressed and therefore difficult to understand

indecipherable

adjective

impossible to read or understand

indigestible

adjective

too difficult or complicated to understand

inscrutable

adjective

if someone is inscrutable, it is impossible to understand what they are thinking or feeling from their expression or from what they say

Kafkaesque

adjective

complicated, confusing, and threatening

knotty

adjective

difficult to solve or understand

lost on someone

if something is lost on someone, they do not understand it or are not influenced by it

mind-boggling

adjective

informal very large, unusual, or complicated and not easy to imagine

mysterious

adjective

not explained or understood

nice

adjective

formal with very small differences in detail

obscure

adjective

not clearly expressed, or not easy to understand

opaque

adjective

difficult to understand

perplexing

adjective

confusing

profound

adjective

needing serious thought or study

puzzling

adjective

confusing or difficult to understand or solve

recherché

adjective

formal very rare or very clever, but often not liked or understood by ordinary people

sophisticated

adjective

complicated and advanced in design

tangled

adjective

very complicated and difficult to deal with

there is more to something than meets the eye

used for saying that a situation is more complicated than it seems

tortuous

adjective

extremely complicated

twiddly

adjective

Britishmainly spoken with a lot of complicated details

unaccountable

adjective

formal difficult or impossible to explain or understand

unclear

adjective

not obvious, definite, or easy to understand

unfathomable

adjective

formal impossible to explain or understand

unintelligible

adjective

impossible to understand

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