Definition of "intricacy" []

  • The condition or quality of being intricate; complexity. (noun)
  • Something intricate: the intricacies of a census form. (noun)
  • Difficult to understand; obscure; complex; puzzling (adjective)

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  • Entangled or involved (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "intricacy" in a sentence
  • "Again and again another layer of intricacy is revealed, proving that something as small as a story can be as satisfying and moving as a Russian novel."
  • "But besides the complicated character of the general subject, as it presents itself to the minds of children -- that is, the intricacy to them of the question when there must be a strict correspondence between the words spoken and an actual reality, and when they may rightly represent mere images or fancies of the mind -- there is another great difficulty in their way, one that is very little considered and often, indeed, not at all understood by parents -- and that is, that in the earliest years the distinction between realities and mere fancies of the mind is very indistinctly drawn."
  • "One of the leading reasons for the slow pace is the "intricacy" of the procedure and the fact that it involves quite a number of roleplayers who each have to perform in order for the process to move forward, the report says."