1. contrived

adjective. ['kənˈtraɪvd'] showing effects of planning or manipulation.


  • abnormality

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Rhymes with Contrived

  • shortlived
  • deprived
  • survived
  • revived
  • thrived
  • derived
  • lived
  • dived
  • arrived

How do you pronounce contrived?

Pronounce contrived as kənˈtraɪvd.

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Sentences with contrived

1. Verb, past participle
This will help you create a story that is true to your initial idea, while not being contrived.

2. Verb, past tense
Too many adjectives, no matter how flattering to your friend, will make your letter sound contrived.

Quotes about contrived

1. The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.[Commencement Address at Yale University, June 11 1962]
- John F. Kennedy

2. How came the bodies of animals to be contrived with so much art, and for what ends were their several parts?Was the eye contrived without skill in Opticks, and the ear without knowledge of sounds?...and these things being rightly dispatch’d, does it not appear from phænomena that there is a Being incorporeal, living, intelligent...?
- Isaac Newton, Opticks

3. This book is not about "homeschooling"at all. School is an artificial institution contrived by man. This book is about educating a child in the heart of the family given to that child by his Creator.
- Elizabeth Foss, Real Learning: Education In The Heart Of The Home

2. contrived

adjective. ['kənˈtraɪvd'] artificially formal.


  • unnatural
  • stilted
  • artificial
  • hokey


  • unstudied
  • unaffectedness
  • unmoved
  • unemotional