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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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Even more intriguing, not to mention realistic: Are the Giants good enough to stay in contention without Bumgarner, Smith and perhaps another key reliever? Bruce Jenkins,, "Giants lose, but festive mood is refreshing," 20 July 2019 Let’s look at who will start, come off the bench, finish close games and the most intriguing lineup combinations. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "State of the Phoenix Suns: Who will finish games?," 17 July 2019 That, in fact, is what makes the current roster so intriguing, that no matter what happens with the veteran core (or if other veterans are brought in), there is a subset on the roster being developed below the surface, that could yet emerge. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Has Heat’s developmental program come through again?," 13 July 2019 But the roles for the linemen could be different … and more intriguing. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Position Preview: Same faces, maybe different roles for defensive linemen," 10 July 2019 That's far more intriguing -- and addictive -- than plain chocolate or vanilla. Molly Kimball,, "Ever feel addicted to food? You’re not alone: Best of Molly Kimball," 25 June 2019 As a 6-foot-10 forward who can dependably score from three-point range, Boatwright offers an intriguing combination of size and skill. J. Brady Mccollough,, "USC's Bennie Boatwright has size and skill, but will he get an NBA chance?," 19 June 2019 But these kinds of papers contain some exciting, intriguing, and downright astonishing facts about our natural world. Dani Rabaiotti, Quartz, "What animal farts—yes, animal farts—can teach us about climate change," 18 June 2019 His claim that institutional journalists are inherently compromised is a typically self-righteous, if intriguing, response. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is There a Right Way to Cover the Trump White House?," 6 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of intriguing

: extremely interesting

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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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