- belonging to a thing by its very nature: the intrinsic value of a gold ring.
- Anatomy. (of certain muscles, nerves, etc.) belonging to or lying within a given part.
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Therefore sure there is an intrinsical evil and odiousness in a lie.
(The properties that are predicated of god, belong to his intrinsical nature and not derived from without).
Against this I entreat you to ponder on those forty intrinsical evils in sin, which I have after named, chap.
I shall therefore show you, wherein the intrinsical malignity of sin consisteth.
All these parts of malignity and poison are intrinsical to sin, and found in the very nature of it.
- of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent
- anatomy situated within or peculiar to a partintrinsic muscles
Word Origin for intrinsic
late 15c., "interior, inward, internal," from Middle French intrinsèque "inner" (13c.), from Medieval Latin intrinsecus "interior, internal," from Latin intrinsecus (adv.) "inwardly, on the inside," from intra "within" (see intra-) + secus "alongside," originally "following" (related to sequi "to follow;" see sequel). Meaning "belonging to the nature of a thing" is from 1640s. Related: Intrinsicly.
- Of or relating to the essential nature of a thing.
- Situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts. Used of certain nerves and muscles.