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intrigue

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noun in·trigue \ ˈin-ˌtrēg , in-ˈtrēg \

Definition of intrigue

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

Examples of intrigue in a Sentence

  1. Rolston's work channels the vampish intrigue of vintage Hollywood with a sense of irony and wit that makes the work truly modern. —Stephanie SungPictureSeptember/October 2008
  2. In this, as in any other enterprise where there is the promise of money, intrigues and lies and hoodwinking and bullying abound. —Alice Munro"Hard-Luck Stories," in In the Stacks2002
  3. The story began to take on a warm, attractive glow as a Highland romantic epic of heroism and villainy, of intrigue and bravery, complete with comely maidens such as Flora MacDonald and handsome heroes such as Bonnie Prince Charlie himself. —Arthur HermanHow the Scots Invented the Modern World2001
  4. a novel of intrigue and romance

  5. an administration characterized by intrigue and corruption

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Origin and Etymology of intrigue

French intricate affair, from Italian intrigo, from intrigare to entangle, from Latin intricare — see intricate

Synonym Discussion of intrigue

plot, intrigue, machination, conspiracy, cabal mean a plan secretly devised to accomplish an evil or treacherous end. plot implies careful foresight in planning a complex scheme.
    • an assassination plot
intrigue suggests secret underhanded maneuvering in an atmosphere of duplicity.
    • backstairs intrigue
machination implies a contriving of annoyances, injuries, or evils by indirect means.
    • the machinations of a party boss
conspiracy implies a secret agreement among several people usually involving treason or great treachery.
    • a conspiracy to fix prices
cabal typically applies to political intrigue involving persons of some eminence.
    • a cabal among powerful senators

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intrigue

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verb in·trigue \ in-ˈtrēg \

Definition of intrigue

intrigued; intriguing
transitive verb
1 :cheat, trick
2 :to get, make, or accomplish by secret scheming
  • intrigued myself into the club
3 obsolete :entangle
4 :to arouse the interest, desire, or curiosity of
  • intrigued by the tale
intransitive verb
:to carry on an intrigue (see 1intrigue); especially :plot, scheme

intriguer

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Examples of intrigue in a Sentence

  1. 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 GardnerScientific AmericanAugust 1998
  2. Bundy was also a man whose thinking in foreign affairs was extremely conventional … but who in the area of domestic policy was curiously more open-minded and unconventional, so that throughout the Kennedy years, friends would be intrigued by the difference in Bundy. —David HalberstamHarper'sJuly 1969
  3. evidence that the leading manufacturers had intrigued to keep prices artificially high

  4. the mystery story intrigued me so that I read it in one sitting

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Origin and Etymology of intrigue


INTRIGUE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of intrigue for English Language Learners

  • : the activity of making secret plans

  • : a secret plan


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Definition of intrigue for English Language Learners

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

  • : to make secret plans


INTRIGUE Defined for Kids

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intrigue

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verb in·trigue \ in-ˈtrēg \

Definition of intrigue for Students

intrigued; intriguing
1 :to arouse the interest or curiosity of
  • The mystery intrigues me.
2 :2plot 1, scheme
  • His enemies intrigued against him.

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noun in·trigue \ ˈin-ˌtrēg , in-ˈtrēg \

Definition of intrigue for Students

:a secret and complex plot


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