- 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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Contemporary Examples of intrigued
The apparent leader of this girl gang Lady, says, “You look angry, and I am intrigued.”‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects
November 25, 2014
Curry was intrigued and, unlike the other filmmakers VanDyke consulted, he had time to take on a major project.‘Point and Shoot’ Captures the Birth of a Warrior on Film
October 31, 2014
Gillespie finds true romance in reasoning, and he was intrigued.How Amelia's Plane Was Found
October 30, 2014
People are so intrigued by this idea of the same boy actually growing up on screen—which is a classic Rick [Linklater] idea.The Director Isn’t Done Yet: An Interview With Steven Soderbergh
August 1, 2014
Intrigued by an excerpt from a letter by Mozart included in the text?Beguiling Books on Steroids Make Interactive Reading a Pleasure
June 27, 2014
Historical Examples of intrigued
Here is a salad that would have intrigued the palate of Lucullus, himself.Her Father's Daughter
M. de Rivarol, intrigued by his mirth, scowled upon him disapprovingly.Captain Blood
He had been a fool to have permitted himself to be intrigued by so shallow, so obvious a purpose.The Sea-Hawk
Intrigued by his odd words and odder manner, she took the folded sheet.Scaramouche
I plotted, and schemed, and intrigued to obtain access to information.Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
- (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 for intrigue
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.).