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[v. in-treeg; n. in-treeg, in-treeg] /v. ɪnˈtrig; n. ɪnˈtrig, ˈɪn trig/
verb (used with object), intrigued, intriguing.
to arouse the curiosity or interest of by unusual, new, or otherwise fascinating or compelling qualities; appeal strongly to; captivate:
The plan intrigues me, but I wonder if it will work.
to achieve or earn by appealing to another's curiosity, fancy, or interest:
to intrigue one's way into another's notice.
to draw or capture:
Her interest was intrigued by the strange symbol.
to accomplish or force by crafty plotting or underhand machinations.
Obsolete. to entangle.
Obsolete. to trick or cheat.
verb (used without object), intrigued, intriguing.
to plot craftily or underhandedly.
to carry on a secret or illicit love affair.
the use of underhand machinations or deceitful stratagems.
such a machination or stratagem or a series of them; a plot or crafty dealing:
political intrigues.
a secret or illicit love affair.
the series of complications forming the plot of a play.
Origin of intrigue
1640-50; < French intriguer < Italian intrigare < Latin intrīcāre to entangle; see intricate
Related forms
intriguer, noun
intriguingly, adverb
outintrigue, verb (used with object), outintrigued, outintriguing.
unintrigued, adjective
unintriguing, adjective
1. interest, attract, fascinate. 7. manipulate. 9, 10. manipulation. 10. See conspiracy. Unabridged
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  • It is a question neither of principles, nor of liberty, but of trickery and intrigue.
  • But he had resolved to involve himself in no diplomatic intrigue.
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  • For his children, violent intrigue was a recurring theme of family life.
British Dictionary definitions for intrigue


verb (ɪnˈtriːɡ) -trigues, -triguing, -trigued
(transitive) to make interested or curious: I'm intrigued by this case, Watson
(intransitive) to make secret plots or employ underhand methods; conspire
(intransitive) often foll by with. to carry on a clandestine love affair
noun (ɪnˈtriːɡ; ˈɪntriːɡ)
the act or an instance of secret plotting, etc
a clandestine love affair
the quality of arousing interest or curiosity; beguilement
Derived Forms
intriguer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French intriguer, from Italian intrigare, from Latin intrīcāre; see intricate
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Word Origin and History for intrigue

1610s, "to trick, deceive, cheat" (earlier entriken, late 14c.), from French intriguer (16c.), from Italian intrigare "to plot, meddle," from Latin intricare "entangle" (see intricate). Meaning "to plot or scheme" first recorded 1714; that of "to excite curiosity" is from 1894. Related: Intrigued; intriguing (1680s, "plotting, scheming;" meaning "exciting curiosity" is from 1909).


1640s, probably from intrigue (v.).

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