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If I want to describe an essay or a prose with many difficult words and complex sentence structures by which the writer mean to impress the readers and show how literary he can write, what words I can use? Is "too contrived" able to convey my meaning?
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Hello Patricklui

"Too contrived" may well describe the essay or piece of prose; but it doesn't necessarily convey elaborate syntax.

"Over-elaborate" might work; or "Euphuistic"; or simply "pretentious".

(Other members will have other suggestions!)

MrP
Too contrived, too laborious/labored/be-labored, too elaborated
might be OK

Also, think about
obfuscating

FWIW:
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contrived

synonyms DEVISE, INVENT, FRAME, CONCOCT:

contrive may suggest ingenuity and cleverness in planning or effecting<a couple of neighboring farmers in a village will contrive and practice as many tricks to overreach each other at the next market -- Earl of Chesterfield> <the little dress that Maman had so cleverly contrived out of two Empire scarves -- Anne D. Sedgwick> <you have come here to cast me off and artfully contrive that it should appear to be my doing -- T.L.Peacock> Sometimes it applies to a deliberate cleverness in factitious works<the contrived simplicity of the novel -- C.C.Walcutt>

(19 Aug. 2006).
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Thank you so much! Emotion: smile

(Some students in my city like to write that kind of chunks, and I was finding a word to describle their works.)
"Too contrived" may well describe the essay or piece of prose; but it doesn't necessarily convey elaborate syntax."

Hi,

I still don't quite understand the difference between contrived and elaborate. How can a prose/essay be contrived without elaboration? And when describe a novel, does the word contrived mean unrealistic?
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"the difference between contrived and elaborate."
Contrived has fairly negative connotations like assuming bogus sophistication by using overly embellished language.
Elaborate is disinfected of such negative connotations
PatrickluiThank you so much! Emotion: smile

(Some students in my city like to write that kind of chunks, and I was finding a word to describle their works.)

Hi Patrick,

Are you an English teacher in HK? Just curious.

SpongeBarb"Too contrived" may well describe the essay or piece of prose; but it doesn't necessarily convey elaborate syntax."

Hi,

I still don't quite understand the difference between contrived and elaborate. How can a prose/essay be contrived without elaboration? And when describe a novel, does the word contrived mean unrealistic?

Hello SpongeBarb

If you describe a novel as "contrived", it can mean that the plot contains improbable elements that simply make things easier for the author. Thus if a novel ends with the death of a rich aunt, who has never previously been mentioned, and who leaves a legacy to the main character which means he can marry the heroine after all, the ending is "contrived".

MrP
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