- 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 intriguers
How do your lawyers live, your politicians, your intriguers, your men of the Exchange?Little Dorrit
The other stratum of McClellanism (p. 191) is composed of intriguers.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
Sally, who it will be remembered had not been taken into the confidence of the intriguers, laughed.The Last Woman
If there be atheists, which I doubt, they are the calumniators, the intriguers with whom the world is infested.Dona Perfecta
B. Perez Galdos
Beware of intriguers who may push you on from private motives of their own.The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III.
- (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 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.).