intriguing

adjective
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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And while neither recurring ally Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), nor new and intriguing arms broker White Widow (The Crown's Vanessa Kirby) feel particularly groundbreaking, they are presented as capable. refinery29.com, "Mission Impossible: Fallout Is As Wild & Fun As Henry Cavill's Mustache," 12 July 2018 What is new and intriguing is that Saturn returns the favor. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Saturn and Its Moon Enceladus Talk To Each Other. The Sound Is Perfectly Cosmic and Eerie.," 10 July 2018 Adding a fifth All-Star to their already glitzy lineup, the Golden State Warriors have come to terms with Cousins on a one-year, $5.3 million deal — not the biggest money move on Day 2 of the NBA free agency period, but the most intriguing. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Boogie Bomb: Warriors set to add DeMarcus Cousins to lineup," 3 July 2018 Adding a fifth All-Star to their already glitzy lineup, the Golden State Warriors have come to terms with Cousins on a one-year, $5.3 million deal — not the biggest money move on Day 2 of the NBA free agency period, but the most intriguing. Tim Reynolds, chicagotribune.com, "Warriors set to add DeMarcus Cousins to lineup," 2 July 2018 An intriguing contender emerges in the form of Zacharia Running Bear, a Native American wanderer played with sublimely minimalist gravity by Joseph Billingiere. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Robert Pattinson delights in the sly, archly comic western 'Damsel'," 21 June 2018 The Midwest Regional could be the most intriguing of the bunch. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Jimmer Fredette, Matt Barnes Headline Deep Fields For Fifth Annual TBT," 5 June 2018 Quip may be the most intriguing of the new shooters after his runner-up finish in the Arkansas Derby. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Bob Baffert 'not really worried' about Justify on muddy Preakness track," 18 May 2018 Mendelssohn dominated the UAE Derby in his dirt debut, winning by 18 3/4 lengths, and looks like an intriguing contender. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Three big storylines heading into Kentucky Derby week," 29 Apr. 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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intriguing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intriguing

: extremely interesting

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