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Definition of "intricacy" []

  • The condition or quality of being intricate; complexity. (noun)
  • Something intricate: the intricacies of a census form. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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."