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Definition of intriguing

: engaging the interest to a marked degree : fascinating an intriguing story

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Examples of intriguing in a Sentence

Some had once contained medicines, sarsaparilla, or elixirs; others had intriguing names embossed into their glass panels: Balm of One Thousand Flowers, Indian Cholagogue, Dr. Kilmer's Kidney Cure, and Ocean Weed Heart Remedy. — Kim Wong Keltner, The Dim Sum of All Things, 2004 The Huns are intriguing not only because of their notoriously hawkish history, but also because of their place as middlemen between Mongol and Turkic ethnicity. — Victor L. Mote, Siberia, 1998 The next two phases of the Cambrian … mark the strangest, most important, and most intriguing of all episodes in the fossil record of animals—the short interval known as the Cambrian explosion … — Stephen Jay Gould, Natural History, July/August 1998 The folklorist Jan Brunvand has documented hundreds of "urban legends," intriguing stories that everyone swears happened to a friend of a friend … and that circulate for years in nearly identical form in city after city, but that can never be documented as real events. — Steven Pinker, The Language Instinct, 1994 The offer is very intriguing. an intriguing concept that should engender much debate among climatologists
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Recent Examples on the Web His explosiveness as a pass rusher makes him an intriguing piece, especially if Sean Payton's staff is creative in deploying him. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft's biggest steals 2020: Jets, Cowboys get huge value from picks," 27 Apr. 2020 Peoples-Jones was one of the more intriguing Michigan players who entered the draft. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "'I just needed one chance': Donovan Peoples-Jones thrilled to join Cleveland Browns," 25 Apr. 2020 Perhaps even more intriguing, will a team have technical glitches? Mark Heim |, al, "NFL Draft prop bets include Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, Auburn, potential technical glitches," 21 Apr. 2020 Key losses: Loren Easly Biggest unanswered question: One of the more intriguing storylines of UNT's 2019 season was the emergence of Siggers. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Football: North Texas running back outlook for 2020: The Mean Green are loaded again," 20 Feb. 2020 The criminals are all the more intriguing for being nonviolent, the types motivated by obsession rather than greed. Graeme Wood, WSJ, "‘The Falcon Thief’ Review: Cuckoo for Raptors," 7 Feb. 2020 There’s a wealth of information in the report, but among the more intriguing facets is its breakdown of how these shows justify police misconduct. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Bingeing on Cop Propaganda," 28 Jan. 2020 Caro seems intent on letting the original stand on its own and is striking out to do something new—a far more intriguing approach. David Sims, The Atlantic, "25 Movies to Look Forward to in 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 Quartz grouped the films of 2020 into three categories: blockbusters, possible awards contenders, and then some more intriguing options that didn’t necessarily fit in the other two categories. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "All the movies and TV shows you need to know about in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of intriguing

1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intriguing

see intrigue entry 1

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The first known use of intriguing was in 1752

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4 May 2020

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“Intriguing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of intriguing

: extremely interesting

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