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Definition of intriguing

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

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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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But the potential independent candidacy of former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz raises an intriguing new possibility for a winning coalition. James Freeman, WSJ, "Can Howard Schultz Save Liberalism?," 30 Jan. 2019 The most intriguing possibility is that this Martian lake is not alone, but rather part of an extensive network expanding across the south polar region of Mars. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Underground Lake of Liquid Water Detected on Mars," 25 July 2018 This line of research sets out the intriguing possibility that enjoyment of intense physical experiences such as riding on roller coasters may reflect individual differences in brain chemistry. Richard Stephens, Smithsonian, "The History and Psychology of Roller Coasters," 12 July 2018 But a Hyundai and FCA merger would offer some intriguing possibilities. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "How likely is a Fiat Chrysler/Hyundai merger?," 2 July 2018 Here are five of the most intriguing possibilities. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Most Intriguing Theories About Melania Trump’s Historic 24-Day Disappearance," 5 June 2018 She and Teddy hooked up, and her brief meetup with Maeve suggested intriguing possibilities for how the show might contrast the two’s approach to attaining freedom and self-determination. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Westworld turns things up a notch in “Phase Space”," 28 May 2018 One intriguing possibility is Maya Wiley, an MSNBC analyst, civil rights activist and former head of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, who in an interview with me yesterday sounded very much like a candidate. David Freedlander, Daily Intelligencer, "Everyone Wants to Be the Next Attorney General of New York," 9 May 2018 This opens up some intriguing possibilities to combine literature and the interests of peace, perhaps by simultaneously honoring Iranian novelist Mahmoud Dowlatabadi and Israeli novelist Amos Oz. John Warner,, "Even the Nobel Prize in literature has been rocked by #MeToo, but let's not backslide," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of intriguing

1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intriguing

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English Language Learners Definition of intriguing

: extremely interesting

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