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Definition of intriguing

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

Examples of intriguing in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web Which makes the news that astronomers have detected an unusual radio signal from a far-off galaxy all the more intriguing. Globe Staff,, 19 July 2022 Of all of the film’s anachronisms, this might be the most intriguing, as electricity had not been invented in 1817 when Austen’s novel was first published. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 15 July 2022 Metal 3 makes a few changes to Apple's proprietary low-overhead graphics API, but the most intriguing is MetalFX, an upscaling technology along the lines of Nvidia's DLSS, AMD's FSR, or Intel's upcoming XeSS. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 11 July 2022 Among the most intriguing for new initiates might be the Coconut Cloud, an off-menu smoothie dyed the color of a clear-day sky via a spirulina supplement called Blue Majik. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2022 By being coy about this, the film ends up inadvertently making Stefani the more intriguing of the two women. Namwali Serpell, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 Which makes Minott’s Wednesday workout for the Utah Jazz — the only team not to hold a single draft pick at present — all the more intriguing. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 June 2022 The most intriguing are 14 pages of John Mitchell’s handwritten notes, some of which include references to a grand jury appearance. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, 7 June 2022 Which new Lock Screen features are the most intriguing? Dave Leclair, PCMAG, 7 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intriguing

1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intriguing

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5 Aug 2022

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“Intriguing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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