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[in-tri-kuh-see] /ˈɪn trɪ kə si/
noun, plural intricacies.
intricate character or state.
an intricate part, action, etc:
intricacies of the law.
Origin of intricacy
First recorded in 1595-1605; intric(ate) + -acy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He had to explain again the intricacies of this phase of mining.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Wonderful how you can cope with the intricacies of the manufacture of such things.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • For the average man there is little of interest in these intricacies of the subject.

  • He was evidently familiar with the intricacies of the garden.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming
  • I refer to this to show the intricacies of American etiquette.

Word Origin and History for intricacies



c.1600, from intricate + -acy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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