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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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  • Another illustration of the intricacy of the existing system was given by the law as to the Civil Courts in Bengal.

  • The chess problem was deeper in its cunning and its intricacy.

  • Truly no machine can be compared to man for intricacy of construction and harmony of action.

    The Harp of God J. F. Rutherford
  • The blindness and intricacy of the route form the only difficulty.

    Italian Alps Douglas William Freshfield
  • The Sculptor's art is limited in comparison of others, but it has its variety and intricacy within its proper bounds.

    Sir Joshua Reynolds' Discourses Sir Joshua Reynolds
  • The intricacy introduced into the question by a passage of Procopius is greater.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • In the artistic porcelain the decoration partakes more of the Chinese intricacy and richness of color.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • He would never understand, as we can, the intricacy of the situation.

    A Maker of History E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He was perplexed at no intricacy, he was daunted at no obstacle.

    Olive Leaves Lydia Howard Sigourney
Word Origin and History for intricacy

c.1600, from intricate + -acy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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