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In spite of the cameras, producers, and managers, the setting doesn’t feel particularly contrived.
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Creating fake sound for drivers who are used to hearing something when they step on the “gas” sounds contrived, because it is.
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The plots are even more contrived than what you’d find in the average family sitcom, past or present.
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Scientists tell us that from the point of view of optics the human eye is a clumsy instrument poorly contrived for its work.
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Anyway there was a lot of embroidery on it, full of little holes, which somehow contrived to be extraordinarily fetching.
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Her clothes were good and new, but some desolate dressmaker had contrived to invest them with an air of hopeless dowdiness.
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It was not purposely contrived, it was in automatic obedience to deeper impulses than she knew.
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As a consequence several varieties of curtains, all involving the use of asbestos, have been contrived.
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The "effects" were astonishingly well contrived by both author and producer (Mr. Holman Clark).
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There were great exclamations of satisfaction, and gratitude; "it was the very thing wanted, only how could he have contrived it?"
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WORDS RELATED TO CONTRIVED

  • affected
  • arduous
  • awkward
  • clumsy
  • contrived
  • effortful
  • forced
  • hard
  • heavy
  • inept
  • maladroit
  • operose
  • overdone
  • overwrought
  • ponderous
  • stiff
  • strained
  • strenuous
  • studied
  • toilsome
  • unnatural
  • uphill
  • weighty
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