- 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 intriguing
Radcliffe remains one of the most intriguing young stars around.Daniel Radcliffe: I’m Richer Than One Direction
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Most intriguing, it is the male bodies that are shot at their most exposed.Prince Fielder’s Demi Moore Moment: World Loses It Over Athlete Without Six-Pack
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But those farewells immediately sent his story careening off in intriguing new directions.Best ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Yet
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All of which raises an intriguing question: Is the sudden rise of movies (and shows) that criticize drones a mere coincidence?Hollywood’s War on Drones
May 23, 2014
Not since Gwyneth Paltrow's “conscious uncoupling” has one term been so intriguing, and so enigmatic.Avril Lavigne’s Dumb ‘Hello Kitty’ Video Is Rife with Cultural Appropriation
April 25, 2014
He is certainly an intriguing wretch, and full of inventions.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Ramiro was to them the man that hired them; with his intriguing they had no concern.The Shame of Motley
They have been intriguing for years—and nothing has happened.An Outcast of the Islands
He was still extremely outspoken in his dislike of "intriguing fellows."
I never saw this D'Hubert—a sort of intriguing dandy, I am told.
- arousing great interest or curiosityan intriguing mystery
- (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 intriguing
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.).