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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Such a movie, in which talk provides the action, would prove that those who take the comic-book stories seriously can love the telling as much as the showing, the dramatic intricacy as well as the superspectacle, the ideas as well as their effects. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 10 May 2022 It’s this carpentry technique that is the hallmark of Sun at Six today and the backbone of designs that mix Chinese intricacy with echoes of Japanese and Scandinavian minimalism. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, 9 May 2022 Metallica came out of—helped invent—thrash metal: speed, intricacy, overload. James Parker, The Atlantic, 1 Jan. 2022 For five seasons now, Better Call Saul has been arranging the tiles, dazzling us with the intricacy of its design and the patience required to do it justice. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Apr. 2022 Created by French surrealist Yves Tanguy, the canvas was filled with odd, organic shapes, rendered with striking intricacy and uncanny realism. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2022 The intricacy of origami, meanwhile, is replicated in various shelving units, seating areas and tables that can surreptitiously fold into walls like drawers. CNN, 13 Apr. 2022 These venues enhance the standard lift and shifts approach to help organizations take advantage of the benefits of the cloud and add intricacy to maintenance. Chandra Gundlapalli, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Goma creates environments for these precisely staged images that have the intricacy of theater sets, then lights them exquisitely to bring in enveloping shadows. Christopher Arnott,, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intricacy

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Intricacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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