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intrigue

[ verb in-treeg; noun in-treeg, in-treeg ]
/ verb ɪnˈtrig; noun ɪnˈtrig, ˈɪn trig /
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verb (used with object), in·trigued, in·tri·guing.

verb (used without object), in·trigued, in·tri·guing.

to plot craftily or underhandedly.
to carry on a secret or illicit love affair.

noun

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Origin of intrigue

First recorded in 1640–50; from French intriguer, from Italian intrigare, from Latin intrīcāre “to entangle”; see intricate
10. See conspiracy.
in·tri·guer, nounin·tri·guing·ly, adverbout·in·trigue, verb (used with object), out·in·trigued, out·in·tri·guing.un·in·tri·guing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for intrigue

intrigue

verb (ɪnˈtriːɡ) -trigues, -triguing or -trigued

(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

noun (ɪnˈtriːɡ, ˈɪntriːɡ)

the act or an instance of secret plotting, etc
a clandestine love affair
the quality of arousing interest or curiosity; beguilement
intriguer, noun
C17: from French intriguer, from Italian intrigare, from Latin intrīcāre; see intricate
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