Definitions for intrigueɪnˈtrig; ˈɪn trig

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•trigue*ɪnˈtrig; ˈɪn trig(v.; n. also; n.)-trigued, -tri•guing

  1. (v.t.)to arouse the curiosity or interest of by unusual, new, or otherwise fascinating qualities.

  2. to accomplish or force by crafty plotting or underhand machinations.

  3. Obs. to entangle.

  4. Obs. to trick or cheat.

  5. (v.i.)to plot craftily or underhandedly.

  6. to carry on a secret or illicit love affair.

  7. (n.)the use of underhand machinations or deceitful stratagems.

  8. such a machination or stratagem or a series of them; a plot or crafty dealing:

    political intrigues.

  9. a secret or illicit love affair.

* Syn: See conspiracy.

Origin of intrigue:

1640–50; < F intriguer < It intrigare < Upper It < L intrīcāre to entangle; see intricate


Princeton's WordNet

  1. intrigue, machination(noun)

    a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends

  2. intrigue(verb)

    a clandestine love affair

  3. intrigue, fascinate(verb)

    cause to be interested or curious

  4. scheme, intrigue, connive(verb)

    form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner


  1. intrigue(Noun)

    A complicated or clandestine plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem.

  2. intrigue(Noun)

    The plot of a play, poem or romance; the series of complications in which a writer involves his imaginary characters.

  3. intrigue(Noun)

    Clandestine intercourse between persons; illicit intimacy; a liaison.

  4. intrigue(Verb)

    To conceive or carry out a secret plan intended to harm; to form a plot or scheme.

  5. intrigue(Verb)

    To arouse the interest of; to fascinate.

  6. intrigue(Verb)

    To have clandestine or illicit intercourse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intrigue(verb)

    to form a plot or scheme; to contrive to accomplish a purpose by secret artifice

  2. Intrigue(verb)

    to carry on a secret and illicit love or amour

  3. Intrigue(verb)

    to fill with artifice and duplicity; to complicate; to embarrass

  4. Intrigue(verb)

    intricacy; complication

  5. Intrigue(verb)

    a complicated plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem

  6. Intrigue(verb)

    the plot or romance; a complicated scheme of designs, actions, and events

  7. Intrigue(verb)

    a secret and illicit love affair between two persons of different sexes; an amour; a liaison

Translations for intrigue

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to fascinate, arouse the curiosity of or amuse

The book intrigued me.

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