I am looking for a world/phrase that describes something that is really complex, and is complex to the point where it could be un-understandable.

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  • We don't usually work on such ventures because they do not serve our purposes of matching one question with one solid answer that serves for a long time. Such ventures are strictly opinion-based rather than having 'answers,' and we could supply many answers that get rejected -- less fruitful for us than it sounds.. – Yosef Baskin Jul 3 '17 at 11:51
  • Conundrum, an intricate and difficult problem (MW). But this has another connotation as a riddle. – Xanne Jul 3 '17 at 20:41
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    there is the term Byzantine ~(of a system or situation) excessively complicated, typically involving a great deal of administrative detail.~ en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/byzantine but its connotation is sort of 'unnecessarily complex' rather than extremely complex... plus I'm not fond of elevated words... I'd prefer something general a freshman in high school was familiar with. – Tom22 Jul 3 '17 at 23:47

You might be looking for labyrinthine


(of a system) intricate and confusing

e.g. Labyrinthine concepts scare me

  • Thanks, might actually use it, looks like a pretty neat world, thanks once again :) – TheRedstoner17 Jul 3 '17 at 11:51
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    I'm glad the answer has been helpful... – BlackSwan Jul 3 '17 at 11:52
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    @TheRedstoner17 Please accept the answer if it helps you – BlackSwan Jul 3 '17 at 12:00
  • @HimabunduBoddupalli there probably won't be only one definitive answer to this - see Yosef Baskin's comment above. You could ask for an upvote though! (When they have enough reputation) – marcellothearcane Jul 3 '17 at 14:03

You might be looking for the word "incomprehensible".

According to Merriam Webster it means exactly what it sounds like: "impossible to comprehend".


Arcane is a word I would use in this situation.

Definition of arcane

First Known Use: 1547

  1. known or knowable only to a few people

e.g. arcane rites; an arcane ritual; arcane explanations; arcane technical details

  • Reading medical journals can be a real headache. Sure, the topics are important, but the demands of scientific accuracy make for dense, technical prose. The language is almost always an agony of arcane jargon and clunky grammar.
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    Of course! You could add a definition from a reputable dictionary too, to prove you've got the right word :) – marcellothearcane Jul 3 '17 at 14:01


characterized by grotesqueness, extravagance, complexity, or flamboyance




  1. hard to understand; not clear or lucid; obscure:

The problem remains opaque despite explanations.


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