Definition of intrigue in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtriːg
(intrigues, intriguing, intrigued)


Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtriːg
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  • 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.



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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.


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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