intriguer


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in·trigue

 (ĭn′trēg′, ĭn-trēg′)
n.
1.
a. A secret or underhand scheme; a plot.
b. The practice of or involvement in such schemes: seized the throne by intrigue.
2. A clandestine love affair.
v. (ĭn-trēg′) in·trigued, in·trigu·ing, in·trigues
v.tr.
1. To arouse the interest or curiosity of: Hibernation has long intrigued biologists.
2. To effect or cause to be accepted or rejected by secret scheming or plotting: "Mr. Clay ... was intrigued out of the Presidential nomination" (Parke Godwin).
v.intr.
To engage in secret or underhand schemes; plot.

[From French intriguer, to plot, from Italian intrigare, to plot, from Latin intrīcāre, to entangle; see intricate.]

in·trigu′er n.
Usage Note: The introduction of the verb intrigue to mean "to arouse the interest or curiosity of" was initially resisted by writers on usage as an unneeded French substitute for available English words such as interest, fascinate, or puzzle. Only 52 percent of the Usage Panel accepted this usage in 1968. Twenty years later, in 1988, 78 percent of the Usage Panel accepted it in the sentence The special-quota idea intrigues some legislators, who have asked a Washington think tank to evaluate it. By the 21st century, the use of intrigue as a verb had become completely unremarkable, and it is now firmly entrenched in the English lexicon.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intriguer - a person who devises plots or intrigues; "he is believed to be the principal designer of the terrorist bombing attack"
contriver, deviser, planner - a person who makes plans
Translations

intriguer

[ɪnˈtriːgəʳ] Nintrigante mf

intriguer

nIntrigant(in) m(f), → Ränkeschmied m

intriguer

[ɪnˈtriːgəʳ] ncospiratore/trice
References in classic literature ?
No wonder, then, that for me, who may flatter myself without undue vanity with being much finer than that grotesque international intriguer, the mere knowledge that Dona Rita had passed through the very rooms in which I was going to live between the strenuous times of the sea- expeditions, was enough to fill my inner being with a great content.
But he won't write anonymous letters to the old lady; that would be too audacious a thing for him to attempt; but I dare swear the very first thing he did was to show me up to Aglaya as a base deceiver and intriguer.
The man's chest and shoulders were magnificent, but the stump of a right arm, beyond the flesh of which the age-whitened bone projected several inches, attested the encounter with a shark that had put an end to his diving days and made him a fawner and an intriguer for small favors.
The Prince," she said, "is an intriguer of the old school.
The other was his clerk, assistant, housekeeper, secretary, confidential plotter, adviser, intriguer, and bill of cost increaser, Miss Brass--a kind of amazon at common law, of whom it may be desirable to offer a brief description.
Endowed with a rare genius for intrigue which rendered him the equal of the ablest intriguers, he remained an honest man.
My lord," replied Guitant, "such ministers do not weigh men in the same balance; they get their information on war from warriors; on intrigues, from intriguers.
Fouquet rejected her offers with indignation, preferring the esteem of the king to complicity with such intriguers.
They have a particularly unscrupulous Press to deal with, besides political intriguers.
When your lawyers, your politicians, your intriguers, your men of the Exchange fall ill, and have not scraped money together, they become poor.
De l'autre, j'appelle a faire intriguer plusieurs maisons d'editions marocaines qui vont organiser par la suite une caravane du livre dans tout le royaume chaque dernier weekend du mois en invitant des artistes, des ecrivains, dans les differentes regions du Maroc ainsi que toute l Afrique, en comptant sur le travail du benevolat pour motiver plus les gens a la lecture.
He called Kuzmin-Karavaev 'a vain and stupid man, an inveterate intriguer and muddle-headed politician.