Complicated and difficult to unravel. See Synonyms at complex.(adjective)
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Use "tangled" in a sentence
"She says finding that part of her past uncovered both shame and pride -- what she calls the tangled history of this country."
"Their imaginative use of the word tangled suggests a nautical genesis, as in Ayers’s “tangled love affairs” and “tangled story” and Obama’s “tangled arguments.”"
"All about them the huge-rooted trees blocked their footing, while coiled and knotted climbers, of the girth of a man's arm, were thrown from lofty branch to lofty branch, or hung in tangled masses like so many monstrous snakes."