in·​tri·​ca·​cy | \ ˈin-tri-kə-sē How to pronounce intricacy (audio) \
plural intricacies

Definition of intricacy

1 : the quality or state of being intricate
2 : something intricate the intricacies of a plot

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Examples of intricacy in a Sentence

She admired the composition for its beauty and intricacy. I had trouble following all the intricacies in the plot. the intricacies of English grammar
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Recent Examples on the Web Yeah, the news was about six months old but that’s the intricacies of conference accounting. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Revenue increase shows SEC is in a league of its own — and that Texas A&M’s ’100-year decision’ is looking pretty prescient," 4 Feb. 2020 Going beyond the initial layers of digital saturation to understand the intricacies of highly niche markets, capabilities, talent and technologies, and building future-ready digital ecosystems is the exciting promise of opportunities ahead. Keshav R. Murugesh, Quartz India, "What does “being digital” mean in a post-digital era?," 3 Feb. 2020 DeLooper, who now lives in Philadelphia, started regularly attending 76ers games and grew to not only appreciate the intricacies of the sport, but the spectacle at the arena. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "NBA fan reaches goal of getting on every team’s Jumbotron in 30 days at Portland Trail Blazers game," 24 Jan. 2020 This is a smart choice for people who sit down to listen to classical and jazz, or know the intricacies of every beat on a hip-hop record. Popular Science, "Turntables that may inspire you to start a record collection," 23 Jan. 2020 Ozzy's son Jack, who was previously been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, has reportedly tried to help his father understand the intricacies of Parkinson's disease amid many visits to specialists over the last year, according to People. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Ozzy Osbourne Reveals He's Battling Parkinson's Disease," 21 Jan. 2020 At the city’s tiny Chak-Chak Museum, a woman in Tatar costume teaches us the intricacies of Tatar cooking and culture. National Geographic, "How to eat your way through Russia," 20 Dec. 2019 Dalton is smart and very good at taking in all the intricacies of an offense like Taylor’s. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's TML: You're in for a treat, Cincinnati fans. Positive thoughts on Bengals, UC, Reds.," 5 Sep. 2019 Finding success in West Portal takes knowing the intricacies of the small neighborhood, John said. Justin Phillips,, "Original Joe’s to expand in San Francisco with Little Joe’s Pizza, Pasta, Parmigiana," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of intricacy

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intricacy was in 1602

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19 Feb 2020

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“Intricacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of intricacy

: the quality or state of being complex or having many parts : the quality or state of being intricate
: something that is complex or detailed : something intricate


in·​tri·​ca·​cy | \ ˈin-tri-kə-sē How to pronounce intricacy (audio) \
plural intricacies

Kids Definition of intricacy

1 : the quality or state of being complex or having many parts
2 : something that is complex or has many parts

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