Contrived

Pronunciation: [ kuhn-trahyvd ]


Definition: adjective

obviously planned or forced; artificial; strained

Origin: Middle English; Latin


Etymology: from Old French contreuve-, stressed stem of controver ‘imagine, invent’, from medieval Latin contropare ‘compare’.


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • false

  • phony

  • forced

Antonyms:

  • genuine

  • real

  • unforced

Example: Their relationship was contrived and everyone knew it.

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