Definition of intricacy in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of being intricate.

    ‘the intricacy of the procedure’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a complete lack of imagination and intricacy.’
    • ‘Yet, each track shows new layers of complexity and intricacy and opens up new grounds.’
    • ‘Complementing the lyrics, xylophone-like bells add a level of intricacy and mysticism.’
    • ‘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 learning curve on the complexity and intricacy of each task is sufficiently well judged to be both addictive and achievable.’
    • ‘The finished product has inspired moments, but is overlong with songs falling over themselves due to their intricacy.’
    • ‘But I had not understood the full complexity and intricacy of the interpretive process.’
    • ‘The artistry and craftsmanship displayed, particularly in the later pieces, was stunning in its beauty and intricacy.’
    • ‘Intuition tells us that complexity and intricacy should almost never evolve the same way more than once.’
    • ‘Then comes the shock of the vibrancy and intricacy of the interior.’
    • ‘The delicate intricacy of the leaves provided inspiration for motifs in decoration, appearing on tiles and wrought iron, china, glass and linen.’
    • ‘These networks obstruct accountability as much by their flux as by their intricacy.’
    • ‘The intricacy, the precision, the creativity, the hand-skills required, are what I love.’
    • ‘That is precisely the kind of intricacy that they're trying to hash out now.’
    • ‘And I loved the whole, you know, intricacy of that dysfunctional family.’
    • ‘The intricacy was intended to be funny, and succeeded.’
    • ‘Its most remarkable achievement is the development of the mind that explores and appreciates now the beauty and intricacy of the cosmos.’
    • ‘The intricacy of the art lies as much in its dyeing as in the design.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Sure, I have an idea of the long game, but the intricacies still escape me.’
      • ‘Soon the hobby turned into passion as the intricacies of the subject unfolded with experience.’
      • ‘The book has an absorbingly detailed description of the intricacies of this market.’
      • ‘You can start briefing him on any intricacies and idiosyncrasies that they have.’
      • ‘How can one person comprehend the intricacies of copyright law and legislative change?’
      • ‘Orchestrating a tenants' battle with him through the courts, she became immersed in the intricacies of housing law.’
      • ‘He is most anxious to meet and discuss the intricacies involved in this union.’
      • ‘The more you get into the intricacies of it, you see how sophisticated it often is and how formidable it is.’
      • ‘The technical intricacies of the internet are blurring the lines which divide technology and design.’
      • ‘He also goes into incredible detail about the intricacies of infantry training.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is particularly interested in detail and the intricacies of policy.’
      • ‘He proceeds to explain the technical intricacies of making a timepiece when you innocuously ask him what the time is.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, you lose some of the intricacies of communication that way.’
      • ‘We just love watching other people's lives and the little intricacies that make us all different.’
      • ‘Ask the simplest of questions and he takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the detail and intricacies of his troubled mind.’
      • ‘You notice minute details and are fascinated by the intricacies of the world around you.’
      • ‘In terms of imagery I am really attracted to the intricacies of weaving.’
      • ‘Somebody must have forgotten to explain to them the intricacies of quota preferential voting in the Senate.’
      details, particulars, facts, features, points, characteristics, traits, nuts and bolts, particularities
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