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Labyrinthine is a good word to describe a place that feels like an enormous maze. A new student at a huge, sprawling high school is likely to find the building labyrinthine as she wanders the halls looking for her math class.

If you've ever been lost in a hedge maze, you know what a labyrinth is. The adjective labyrinthine describes something that is as confusing, complex, or maze-like as a labyrinth. This could be an actual maze, a city, or even a convoluted idea. The word comes from the Greek labyrinthos, the structure built to contain the mythological Minotaur. In the story, Daedalus did such a good job making the building labyrinthine that he nearly couldn't find his way out.

Choose your words

Caught between words? Learn how to make the right choice.

sac/ sack

Both are containers, but a sac is for plants and animals, and a sack is for a sandwich. So spiders put their eggs in a sac, and people put their groceries in a sack.

incredible/ incredulous

Incredible describes something you can’t believe because it’s so right, like an incredible double rainbow. Incredulous describes how you feel when you can’t believe something because it’s so wrong, like when someone tells you leprechauns left two pots of gold.

elusive/ illusive

An elusive fairy is one you can't catch, but an illusive one was never really there at all. It was just an illusion!

pore/ pour

A pore is small opening in a surface that lets stuff through. To pour, on the other hand, means to flow continuously and rapidly. read more...

precede/ proceed

These two words have similar sounds. They also have similar definitions, encompassing an idea of forward movement. This leads to some confusion. read more...

bare/ bear

Bare means naked, but to bear is to carry something. A bear is also a brown furry animal, but most people keep that one straight. read more...

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