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Definitions for intrigue
ɪnˈtrig; ˈɪn trigin·trigue

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intrigue, machinationnoun

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

  2. intrigueverb

    a clandestine love affair

  3. intrigue, fascinateverb

    cause to be interested or curious

  4. scheme, intrigue, conniveverb

    form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner


  1. intriguenoun

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

  2. intriguenoun

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

  3. intriguenoun

    Clandestine intercourse between persons; illicit intimacy; a liaison.

  4. intrigueverb

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

  5. intrigueverb

    To arouse the interest of; to fascinate.

  6. intrigueverb

    To have clandestine or illicit intercourse.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. INTRIGUEnoun

    Etymology: intrigue, French.

    These are the grand intrigues of man,
    These his huge thoughts, and these his vast desires. Thomas Flatman.

    A young fellow long made love, with much artifice and intrigue, to a rich widow. Joseph Addison, Guard.

    The hero of a comedy is represented victorious in all his intrigues. Jonathan Swift.

    Now love is dwindled to intrigue,
    And marriage grown a money league. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    Though this vicinity of ourselves to ourselves cannot give us the full prospect of all the intrigues of our nature, yet we have much more advantage to know ourselves, than to know other things without us. Matthew Hale, Originat. of Mankind.

    As these causes are the beginning of the action, the opposite designs against that of the hero are the middle of it, and form that difficulty or intrigue which makes up the greatest part of the poem. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Intrigueverb

    To form plots; to carry on private designs.

    Etymology: intriguer, Fr. from the noun.


  1. intrigue

    Intrigue refers to a state of fascination, curiosity, or interest in something or someone, often associated with mystery, secrecy, or complex plots. It involves a sense of allure, attraction, or fascination that ignites curiosity and captivates attention. Intrigue can be related to various aspects such as a captivating story, mysterious events, or secretive actions that generate a sense of excitement or suspense.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intrigueverb

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

  2. Intrigueverb

    to carry on a secret and illicit love or amour

  3. Intrigueverb

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

  4. Intrigueverb

    intricacy; complication

  5. Intrigueverb

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

  6. Intrigueverb

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

  7. Intrigueverb

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

  8. Etymology: [F. intriguer, OF. intriquer, entriquer; cf. It. intrigare. See Intricate, Extricate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intrigue

    in-trēg′, n. a complex plot: a private or party scheme: the plot of a play or romance: secret illicit love.—v.i. to form a plot or scheme: to carry on illicit love:—pr.p. intrigu′ing; pa.p. intrigued′.ns. In′trigant, Intrig′uer, one who intrigues, or pursues an object by secret artifices. [Fr. intriguerintricāre. See Intricate.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intrigue in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intrigue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of intrigue in a Sentence

  1. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images:

    Look, when I'm out with Georgians every day talking to them, they're about what's going on around the kitchen table, the impact on their lives, the out-of-control spending in Washington, the woke indoctrination in the schools, crime, open borders. They're very focused on someone that can come solve their problems right now in 2022. So, they're focused on the kitchen table and not palace intrigue.

  2. Azel Backus:

    Error always addresses the passions and prejudices; truth scorns such mean intrigue, and only addresses the understanding and the conscience.

  3. Madelyn Esposito-Smith:

    Covid has incinerated sexual desire, couples that live together lost any intrigue and mystery working remotely side by side, and alone time to recharge became a precious commodity.

  4. Grant Rumley:

    I don't see elections anytime soon, but I do see some intrigue at the Fatah conference in November, erekat's tapping as the next PLO secretary-general might be a hint that he'll be appointed vice-president.

  5. Ron DeSantis:

    I can tell you in four years, you did n’t see our administration leaking like a sieve, you did n’t see a lot of drama or palace intrigue, what you saw was surgical, precision execution. Day after day after day. And because we did that, we beat the left day after day after day.

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