- Sinuous or circuitous.
“The GPS directed me to take an anfractuous route home in order to avoid an accident on the highway.”
“The anfractuous negotiations had the two companies going back and forth for weeks.”
“The old state road is anfractuous, but it has the best views in the county for fall foliage.”
Latin, late 16th century
Why this word?
The word “anfractuous” appears similar to the word “fracture,” but their meanings are different stages on the same path. The Latin “anfractus” means “bend or curve,” which relates to the circuitous nature of “anfractuous.” Deepen or increase the angle of a curve and it can snap in a fracture, which comes from the Latin “frangere,” meaning “to break.”
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