in·​tri·​ca·​cy | \ ˈin-tri-kə-sē \
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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Ram, the director of Regional Security and Arms Transfers for the U.S. Department of State, discusses the state of the world and explores the intricacies of Middle Eastern politics. Hal Boedeker,, "Jeff Greene, John Mina: Weekend TV guests," 5 July 2018 Love the beautiful intricacy of the team game and the amazing artistry of the individual one. Tara Sullivan,, "For the future of US men’s soccer, now comes the hard part," 24 June 2018 Altogether, about 30 pieces of public works equipment were on display for some wide-eyed children (and even the adults) to look at, climb upon and blow an occasional horn with city personnel describing the intricacies of the vehicles. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Lake Forest puts its trucks on display, to the delight of kids (and some of their parents)," 11 June 2018 During the six-minute video, Marsh explains the intricacies of his craft—and the necessity. Jordan Valinsky, Popular Mechanics, "What It's Really Like to be a Forensic Photographer," 21 Apr. 2015 But by early Tuesday, Mother Nature and the intricacies of rocketry had other ideas. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Weather and technical issues forced multiple launch scrubs Tuesday, but…," 18 Dec. 2018 According to Peter, innovative masonry veneer techniques developed in the early 1900s made brick and stone homes more affordable to build, but the intricacies of Tudors still were quite expensive for the average home builder. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "There's A Reason You Don't See Many Tudor-Style Homes These Days," 1 Nov. 2018 The exhibit’s termination involved a Barnum-style triumph whose intricacies provide one of the more telling moments—there are many—in the film’s Barnum portrait. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "When ‘The Circus’ Came to Town," 4 Oct. 2018 But geophysicists and planetary scientists have long suspected that real oceans and atmospheres often behave like flat systems, making the intricacies of two-dimensional turbulence surprisingly relevant to real problems. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, "Flattened Fluids Help Scientists Understand Oceans and Atmospheres," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of intricacy

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
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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