Definition of intrigue in English:

intrigue

Syllabification: in·trigue

verb

Pronunciation: /inˈtrēg
 
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(intrigues, intriguing, intrigued)
  • 2 [no object] Make secret plans to do something illicit or detrimental to someone: the delegates were intriguing for their own gains
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    • The king and the president intrigued with the local representatives of white governments.

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈinˌtrēg
 
 
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  • 1The secret planning of something illicit or detrimental to someone: the cabinet was a nest of intrigue the intrigues of local government officials
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    • It's a tale of intrigue, dark secrets, and double crosses.
    • A tale of murder, bribery, betrayal and intrigue follows as the plot gathers pace and Solomon races to towards the finish line.
    • I hated this room, the atmosphere of backstabbing intrigue and devious plots and politics that hung overhead like a forthcoming tempest.
    Synonyms
    secret plan, plotting, plot, conspiracy, collusion, conniving, scheme, scheming, stratagem, machination, trickery, double-dealing, underhandedness, subterfuge
    informal dirty tricks
  • 1.1A secret love affair.
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    • If you're one of the beautiful elite, summer is a fizzy whirl of suitors and intrigues and liaisons.
    • But while this is a satisfying central plot, the story is just as much about the accident-prone romances and intrigues of the rest of this likeable family.
    • With a rich history, including periods as a Greek and Roman colony, as well as the internal intrigues of ruling kings and their concubines, Istanbul nowadays is a colorful, eclectic melting pot of cultures.
    Synonyms
    (love) affair, affair of the heart, liaison, amour, fling, flirtation, dalliance, tryst; adultery, infidelity, unfaithfulness, indiscretion
    informal fooling around, playing around, hanky-panky, dirty weekend
  • 2A mysterious or fascinating quality: within the region’s borders is a wealth of interest and intrigue
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    • Ideally, that hobby is something you have chosen for its soothing qualities, its intrigue or its social opportunities.
    • A number of large Avens and Boulder Chambers add further intrigue to a fascinating area, which could almost qualify as a complete cave system in its own right.
    • In fact, few vegetables offer as much intrigue as the mysterious mushroom.

Derivatives

intriguer

noun
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  • There one sees what Shakespeare saw: the absolute power of the tyrant, the courtiers, the flatterers, the jesters, the cunningly ambitious intriguers.
  • As to her being a political intriguer, she was if anything rather apolitical.
  • Double agents, intriguers, and power-seekers flourished, which was one of the reasons why much information about the Decembrists' conspiracy never reached responsible officials until it was too late.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'deceive, cheat'): from French intrigue 'plot', intriguer 'to tangle, to plot', via Italian from Latin intricare (see intricate). sense 1 of the verb, which was influenced by a later French sense 'to puzzle, make curious', arose in the late 19th century.

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