Wednesday Wordage – Anfractuous



Say: an-FRAK-chuh-wus

Another fancy word I’ll be gunning to fit in a piece of creative writing sometime in the near future, A.K.A. tonight.

Anfractuous can be defined as something ‘full of windings and intricate turnings: tortuous’  or something sinuous or circuitous.

First known use: Late 16th century: from late Latin anfractuosus, from Latin anfractus ‘a bending’.

Some synonyms include: Bending, tortuous and serpentine

Some antonyms include: Straight, square and direct.


“Dr. X almost never left the boundaries of Old Shanghai, which was part of a separate district; more to the point, he stuck to a small but anfractuous subregion….”

— Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age, 1995

Paint me the bold anfractuous rocks Faced by the snarled and yelping seas.

— T.S. Eliot.

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