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intricacy

[in-tri-kuh-see]
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noun, plural in·tri·ca·cies.
  1. intricate character or state.
  2. an intricate part, action, etc: intricacies of the law.
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Origin of intricacy

First recorded in 1595–1605; intric(ate) + -acy
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Related Words

complexity, difficulty, confusion, elaborateness

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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.

  • 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

intricacy

n.

c.1600, from intricate + -acy.

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