- to arouse the curiosity or interest of by unusual, new, or otherwise fascinating or compelling qualities; appeal strongly to; captivate: The plan intrigues me, but I wonder if it will work.
- to achieve or earn by appealing to another's curiosity, fancy, or interest: to intrigue one's way into another's notice.
- to draw or capture: Her interest was intrigued by the strange symbol.
- to accomplish or force by crafty plotting or underhand machinations.
- Obsolete. to entangle.
- Obsolete. to trick or cheat.
- to plot craftily or underhandedly.
- to carry on a secret or illicit love affair.
- the use of underhand machinations or deceitful stratagems.
- such a machination or stratagem or a series of them; a plot or crafty dealing: political intrigues.
- a secret or illicit love affair.
- the series of complications forming the plot of a play.
Origin of intrigue
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Examples from the Web for intriguer
So clever an intriguer as Protopopoff should have realized this.
Will they show me the door, as though I were an intriguer or a madman?Messengers of Evil
That last statement both amazed and gratified the intriguer.The Roof Tree
Charles Neville Buck
Can it be that she is suspected of being something of an intriguer?Memoirs of the Duchesse de Dino v.2/3, 1836-1840
Duchesse De Dino
When he "drudged in business" the country only saw in him an intriguer for power.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 2 (of 10)
- (tr) to make interested or curiousI'm intrigued by this case, Watson
- (intr) to make secret plots or employ underhand methods; conspire
- (intr often foll by with) to carry on a clandestine love affair
- the act or an instance of secret plotting, etc
- a clandestine love affair
- the quality of arousing interest or curiosity; beguilement
Word Origin and History for intriguer
1610s, "to trick, deceive, cheat" (earlier entriken, late 14c.), from French intriguer (16c.), from Italian intrigare "to plot, meddle," from Latin intricare "entangle" (see intricate). Meaning "to plot or scheme" first recorded 1714; that of "to excite curiosity" is from 1894. Related: Intrigued; intriguing (1680s, "plotting, scheming;" meaning "exciting curiosity" is from 1909).
1640s, probably from intrigue (v.).