in·​trigu·​ing | \in-ˈtrē-giŋ \

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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At Ceres, scientists found some intriguing mysteries to explore, particularly the many bright spots within the asteroid's Occator crater. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Dawn spacecraft exploring the asteroid belt has gone dark," 1 Nov. 2018 The details of insect behavior are intriguing but even more so is the back-and-forth of Mr. Heinrich’s method: Observation generates questions that, in turn, stimulate inventive experiment, new observations and further questions. Hugh Raffles, WSJ, "‘A Naturalist at Large’ Review: The Habit of Taking a Closer Look," 30 Aug. 2018 When Workplace first debuted in early 2015, the idea of a subscription business was intriguing. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook has acquired Redkix to build better messaging features into its Slack competitor," 26 July 2018 Now, the Stanford neuroscientist is embarking on a different kind of daring quest, testing an intriguing but unproven hypothesis: that virtual reality could be used to preserve or even restore vision for patients with glaucoma. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A daredevil researcher’s latest quest: to restore sight lost to glaucoma using virtual reality," 2 July 2018 But microwave light has also raised an intriguing mystery closer to home. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Glittering Diamond Dust in Space Might Solve a 20-Year-Old Mystery," 11 June 2018 The strengths — the diverse cast, intriguing mystery — remain the same, while the weaknesses — an exploitative edge, inconsistent characterization — have failed to resolve themselves. Kevin O'keefe,, "‘13 Reasons Why,’ Season 2, argues for its existence," 16 May 2018 There are a lot of intriguing big men in the draft such as Arizona's Deandre Ayton, Jaren Jackson (Michigan State), Mohammed Bamba (Texas) and two Duke players -- Wendall Carter and Marvin Bagley. 12. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Cavaliers Pregame Scribbles: Draft Lottery night, huge game in Boston -- Terry Pluto," 15 May 2018 Her tale follows sisters Procne (Kilbane) and Philomela (Lila Blue, who’s just 17), whose otherworldly, unflagging bond pulls them back together after Procne runs off with the intriguing but menacing Tereus (Josh Pollock). Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kilbanes’ “Weightless” turns Ovid to magical rock opera," 1 Mar. 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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