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 for tangled
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tangle \Tan"gle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tangled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Tangling.] [A frequentative fr. tang seaweed; hence, to
     twist like seaweed. See Tang seaweed, and cf. Tangle, n.]
     1. To unite or knit together confusedly; to interweave or
        interlock, as threads, so as to make it difficult to
        unravel the knot; to entangle; to ravel.
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     2. To involve; to insnare; to entrap; as, to be tangled in
        lies. "Tangled in amorous nets." --Milton.
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              When my simple weakness strays,
              Tangled in forbidden ways.            --Crashaw.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tangled
      adj 1: in a confused mass; "pushed back her tangled hair"; "the
             tangled ropes" [ant: untangled]
      2: highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious; "the
         Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for holding on
         to his chairmanship"; "convoluted legal language";
         "convoluted reasoning"; "the plot was too involved"; "a
         knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering";
         "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott;
         "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting
         for months" [syn: Byzantine, convoluted, involved,
         knotty, tangled, tortuous]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  38 Moby Thesaurus words for "tangled":
     Byzantine, balled up, complex, complicated, confounded, confused,
     convoluted, crabbed, daedal, devious, elaborate, embrangled,
     entangled, fouled up, implicated, intricate, involuted, involved,
     knotted, labyrinthian, labyrinthine, loused up, many-faceted,
     matted, mazy, meandering, messed up, mixed up, mucked up,
     multifarious, perplexed, ramified, roundabout, screwed up, snarled,
     subtle, tangly, twisted
  
  

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