Thesaurus

intricate

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of intricate

  1. 1 having many parts or aspects that are usually interrelated an intricate machine that requires some training to use it properly Synonyms of intricate baroque, byzantine, complicate, complicated, convoluted, daedal, elaborate, complex, involute, involved, knotty, labyrinthian, labyrinthine, sophisticated, tangledWords Related to intricate overcomplex, overcomplicated; composite, compound, heterogeneous, mixed, multibranched, multifaceted, multifarious, multipart, varied; challenging, difficult, tough; impenetrable, incomprehensible, inexplicable, Kafkaesque, unfathomable, unintelligibleNear Antonyms of intricate oversimplified, simplified, simplistic; homogeneous, uniform, unvariedAntonyms of intricate noncomplex, noncomplicated, plain, simple, uncomplicated

  2. 2 made or done with great care or with much detail an intricate hairstyle that requires far too much maintenance to suit my taste Synonyms of intricate complex, complicated, detailed, fancy, elaborate, involved, sophisticatedWords Related to intricate elegant, exquisite, grand, magnificent, ornate, splendid; chichi, extravagant, exuberant, fancified, flamboyant, frilly, gimmicked (up), grandiose, ostentatious, overwrought, showy, souped-up; Byzantine, convoluted, involute, involuted, labyrinthian, labyrinthineNear Antonyms of intricate modest, plain, plain-Jane, plain-vanilla, uncomplicated; bald, bare, naked, unadorned, undecorated, unvarnishedAntonyms of intricate no-frills, simple, unfancy, unsophisticated

Synonym Discussion of intricate

complex, complicated, intricate, involved, knotty mean having confusingly interrelated parts. complex suggests the unavoidable result of a necessary combining and does not imply a fault or failure.
    • a complex recipe
complicated applies to what offers great difficulty in understanding, solving, or explaining.
    • complicated legal procedures
intricate suggests such interlacing of parts as to make it nearly impossible to follow or grasp them separately.
    • an intricate web of deceit
involved implies extreme complication and often disorder.
    • a rambling, involved explanation
knotty suggests complication and entanglement that make solution or understanding improbable.
    • knotty ethical questions


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