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Contrived Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    contrived adj
  1. showing effects of planning or manipulation; "a novel with a contrived ending"
  2. artificially formal; "that artificial humility that her husband hated"; "contrived coyness"; "a stilted letter of acknowledgment"; "when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation" [syn: artificial, hokey, stilted]
Contrived Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Contrive \Con*trive"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contrived; p. pr. & vb. n. Contriving.] [OE. contriven, contreven, controven, to invent, OF. controver, contruver; con- + trouver to find. See Troubadour, trover.] To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to invent; to design; to plan. What more likely to contrive this admirable frame of the universe than infinite wisdom. --Tillotson. neither do thou imagine that I shall contrive aught against his life. --Hawthorne. Syn: To invent; discover; plan; design; project; plot; concert; hatch.
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  • Contrived: Contrived is a Canadian indie rock band based in Halifax and Montreal that formed in June 2000. The band consists of Mike Bigelow, Loel ...

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* Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners. - Josh Billings

* The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistant, persuasive and unrealistic. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

* There is nothing more dread and more shameless than a woman who plans such deeds in her heart as the foul deed which she plotted when she contrived her husband's murder. - Homer


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  • Review: Tom Hardy's acting will keep your eyes locked on 'Locke'
    Movie review: Tom Hardy is the only actor on screen in 'Locke,' writer-director Steven Knight's tense film about a man discussing crises over the phone while driving a BMW. It sounds contrived, and it is. It sounds like a bit of a stunt, and it is that too. It may even sound boring, but that it is not. In fact, whip-smart filmmaking by writer-director Read more on this news related to 'Contrived'
  • Guinness silliness
    This Guinness Book of Records thing has gone overboard. Now records are contrived to win a place in the book. It's gotten silly. The world's longest sausage. The longest stretch of dancing without pause. The largest hamburger. The tallest stack of hotcakes (not sure if there is really this last one, but I wouldn't be surprised if indeed there is). Is t Read more on this news related to 'Contrived'
  • Dana White: Brawl injuries forced postponement of Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
    Ever since word first leaked about the brawl between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva on the set of TUF Brazil, some have insinuated that the incident was contrived to bring attention to the show. But according to UFC president Dana White , not only was it the real thing, but the injuries "The Axe Murderer" sustained in the melee were what forced the bou Read more on this news related to 'Contrived'

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