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.
- in·tri·guer, noun
- in·tri·guing·ly, adverb
- out·in·trigue, verb (used with object), out·in·trigued, out·in·tri·guing.
- un·in·tri·guing, adjective
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How to use intrigue in a sentence
But one issue, intriguingly, seems ripe for genuine bipartisan cooperation: criminal justice reform.Why Isn’t Prison Justice on the Ballot This Tuesday? | Inimai Chettiar, Abigail Finkelman | November 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Conservatives attacking the president, intriguingly, might say the same.
He even headed his own troop of forest hunters intriguingly known as the Cacciatori Americani.Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy | Michael Weiss | February 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And more intriguingly, people who talk about it in away that suggests a platform that could genuinely unite Right and Left.D.C. Needs a Grassroots Fix That Will Come When Left and Right Find Common Ground | Lawrence Lessig | February 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Prone to violence, Tony Soprano represented the unfettered darker impulses of the id, while also remaining intriguingly relatable.Former ‘Sopranos’ Star James Gandolfini Dead at 51 | Jace Lacob | June 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for intrigue
(tr) to make interested or curious: I'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
- intriguer, noun
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