noun in·trigue \ˈin-ˌtrēg, in-ˈ\

: the activity of making secret plans

: a secret plan

Full Definition of INTRIGUE

a :  a secret scheme :  machination
b :  the practice of engaging in secret schemes
:  a clandestine love affair

Examples of INTRIGUE

  1. a novel of intrigue and romance
  2. an administration characterized by intrigue and corruption
  3. Rolston's work channels the vampish intrigue of vintage Hollywood with a sense of irony and wit that makes the work truly modern. —Stephanie Sung, Picture, September/October 2008

Origin of INTRIGUE

French intricate affair, from Italian intrigo, from intrigare to entangle, from Latin intricare (see intricate)
First Known Use: 1609


verb in·trigue \in-ˈtrēg\

: to make (someone) want to know more about something : to cause (someone) to become interested

: to make secret plans


Full Definition of INTRIGUE

transitive verb
:  cheat, trick
:  to get, make, or accomplish by secret scheming <intrigued myself into the club>
obsolete :  entangle
:  to arouse the interest, desire, or curiosity of <intrigued by the tale>
intransitive verb
:  to carry on an intrigue (see 1intrigue); especially :  plot, scheme
in·trigu·er noun

Examples of INTRIGUE

  1. <evidence that the leading manufacturers had intrigued to keep prices artificially high>
  2. <the mystery story intrigued me so that I read it in one sitting>
  3. One day during math study period, after I'd finished my regular assignment, I took out a fresh sheet of paper and tried to solve a problem that had intrigued me: whether the first player in a game of ticktacktoe can always win, given the right strategy. —Martin Gardner, Scientific American, August 1998

Origin of INTRIGUE

(see 1intrigue)
First Known Use: 1612


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