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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. 2017.
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  • Not being a native of Friendship, she had difficulty in mastering the intricacies of its relationships.

    Mr. Pat's Little Girl Mary F. Leonard
  • Milt had tried to be insulting, but had got lost in the intricacies of the insult.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • There is an endless series of these, and they render the history of German currency a perfect jungle of intricacies.

  • Wonderful how you can cope with the intricacies of the manufacture of such things.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • He never pretended to follow the intricacies of men's reasoning about the future.

    Wilford Woodruff Matthias F. Cowley
Word Origin and History for intricacies



c.1600, from intricate + -acy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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