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[verb in-treeg; noun in-treeg, in-treeg] /verb ɪnˈtrig; noun ɪnˈtrig, ˈɪn trig/
verb (used with object), intrigued, intriguing.
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.
verb (used without object), intrigued, intriguing.
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
1640-50; < French intriguer < Italian intrigare < Latin intrīcāre to entangle; see intricate
Related forms
intriguer, noun
intriguingly, adverb
outintrigue, verb (used with object), outintrigued, outintriguing.
unintrigued, adjective
unintriguing, adjective
1. interest, attract, fascinate. 7. manipulate. 9, 10. manipulation.
Synonym Study
10. See conspiracy. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Such was the "message" so cleverly given to the credulous monarch by the traitors and intriguers about him.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • If there be atheists, which I doubt, they are the calumniators, the intriguers with whom the world is infested.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • When all was quiet the seven intriguers slipped down the fire escape and disappeared in the darkness—safely escaping discovery.

  • How do your lawyers live, your politicians, your intriguers, your men of the Exchange?

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The Queen of Navarre is a heroine and a saint but, although a wise woman, she is no match for intriguers.

  • Beware of intriguers who may push you on from private motives of their own.

  • To her resorted the contractors, the employees, the intriguers, when they wanted to get something from the celebrated councilor.

    The Reign of Greed Jose Rizal
  • A soldier like you is at a disadvantage among these intriguers.

    Robert Tournay William Sage
  • The intriguers and imbeciles claim the Western victories as the illustration of McClellan's great (p. 164) strategy.

  • The intriguers rose in mass to adopt this address to the French.

British Dictionary definitions for intriguers


verb (ɪnˈtriːɡ) -trigues, -triguing, -trigued
(transitive) to make interested or curious: I'm intrigued by this case, Watson
(intransitive) to make secret plots or employ underhand methods; conspire
(intransitive) often foll by with. to carry on a clandestine love affair
noun (ɪnˈtriːɡ; ˈɪntriːɡ)
the act or an instance of secret plotting, etc
a clandestine love affair
the quality of arousing interest or curiosity; beguilement
Derived Forms
intriguer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French intriguer, from Italian intrigare, from Latin intrīcāre; see intricate
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Word Origin and History for intriguers



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.).



1640s, probably from intrigue (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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