Definition of intricacy in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of being intricate.

    ‘the intricacy of the procedure’
    • ‘The intricacy of this fight cannot be over emphasised as it permeates all levels of society and does not restrict itself to the urban or the metropolitan areas.’
    • ‘Lyrically, it's is not hugely involving, but I find that the complexity and intricacy of the music itself more than makes up for this.’
    • ‘These networks obstruct accountability as much by their flux as by their intricacy.’
    • ‘Yet, each track shows new layers of complexity and intricacy and opens up new grounds.’
    • ‘There is a complete lack of imagination and intricacy.’
    • ‘The delicate intricacy of the leaves provided inspiration for motifs in decoration, appearing on tiles and wrought iron, china, glass and linen.’
    • ‘And I loved the whole, you know, intricacy of that dysfunctional family.’
    • ‘It is a pity that a book that has such detail is unable to overcome the obstacles of intricacy without leaving the reader stuck in the quagmire of literary and historical obscurity.’
    • ‘The intricacy was intended to be funny, and succeeded.’
    • ‘The artistry and craftsmanship displayed, particularly in the later pieces, was stunning in its beauty and intricacy.’
    • ‘Then comes the shock of the vibrancy and intricacy of the interior.’
    • ‘Intuition tells us that complexity and intricacy should almost never evolve the same way more than once.’
    • ‘The intricacy, the precision, the creativity, the hand-skills required, are what I love.’
    • ‘Complementing the lyrics, xylophone-like bells add a level of intricacy and mysticism.’
    • ‘The finished product has inspired moments, but is overlong with songs falling over themselves due to their intricacy.’
    • ‘Its most remarkable achievement is the development of the mind that explores and appreciates now the beauty and intricacy of the cosmos.’
    • ‘The learning curve on the complexity and intricacy of each task is sufficiently well judged to be both addictive and achievable.’
    • ‘The intricacy of the art lies as much in its dyeing as in the design.’
    • ‘That is precisely the kind of intricacy that they're trying to hash out now.’
    • ‘But I had not understood the full complexity and intricacy of the interpretive process.’
    tangle, web, morass, jungle, snarl, twist, turn, complexity, confusion, complication, entanglement, convolution
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    1. 1.1intricacies Details, especially of an involved or perplexing subject.
      ‘the intricacies of economic policy-making’
      • ‘He proceeds to explain the technical intricacies of making a timepiece when you innocuously ask him what the time is.’
      • ‘How can one person comprehend the intricacies of copyright law and legislative change?’
      • ‘Soon the hobby turned into passion as the intricacies of the subject unfolded with experience.’
      • ‘You notice minute details and are fascinated by the intricacies of the world around you.’
      • ‘Ask the simplest of questions and he takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the detail and intricacies of his troubled mind.’
      • ‘You can start briefing him on any intricacies and idiosyncrasies that they have.’
      • ‘Absorbed in the intricacies of artful expression, the young participants seem immune to the heat.’
      • ‘Troubled lives of friends and their families drew her into delving more and more into the intricacies of the human mind.’
      • ‘In terms of imagery I am really attracted to the intricacies of weaving.’
      • ‘He is particularly interested in detail and the intricacies of policy.’
      • ‘The more you get into the intricacies of it, you see how sophisticated it often is and how formidable it is.’
      • ‘Sure, I have an idea of the long game, but the intricacies still escape me.’
      • ‘He is most anxious to meet and discuss the intricacies involved in this union.’
      • ‘Somebody must have forgotten to explain to them the intricacies of quota preferential voting in the Senate.’
      • ‘The book has an absorbingly detailed description of the intricacies of this market.’
      • ‘He also goes into incredible detail about the intricacies of infantry training.’
      • ‘The technical intricacies of the internet are blurring the lines which divide technology and design.’
      • ‘Orchestrating a tenants' battle with him through the courts, she became immersed in the intricacies of housing law.’
      • ‘We just love watching other people's lives and the little intricacies that make us all different.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, you lose some of the intricacies of communication that way.’
      details, particulars, facts, features, points, characteristics, traits, nuts and bolts, particularities
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