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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.

intrigue

vb, -trigues, -triguing or -trigued
1. (tr) to make interested or curious: I'm intrigued by this case, Watson.
2. (intr) to make secret plots or employ underhand methods; conspire
3. (often foll by: with) to carry on a clandestine love affair
n
4. the act or an instance of secret plotting, etc
5. a clandestine love affair
6. the quality of arousing interest or curiosity; beguilement
[C17: from French intriguer, from Italian intrigare, from Latin intrīcāre; see intricate]
inˈtriguer n

in•trigue

(v. ɪnˈtrig; n. also ˈɪn trig)

v. -trigued, -tri•guing,
n. v.t.
1. 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.
v.i.
5. to plot craftily or underhandedly.
6. to carry on a secret or illicit love affair.
n.
7. 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.
[1640–50; < French intriguer < Italian intrigare < Upper Italian < Latin intrīcāre to entangle; see intricate]
in•tri′guing•ly, adv.
syn: See conspiracy.

intrigue


Past participle: intrigued
Gerund: intriguing

Imperative
intrigue
intrigue
Present
I intrigue
you intrigue
he/she/it intrigues
we intrigue
you intrigue
they intrigue
Preterite
I intrigued
you intrigued
he/she/it intrigued
we intrigued
you intrigued
they intrigued
Present Continuous
I am intriguing
you are intriguing
he/she/it is intriguing
we are intriguing
you are intriguing
they are intriguing
Present Perfect
I have intrigued
you have intrigued
he/she/it has intrigued
we have intrigued
you have intrigued
they have intrigued
Past Continuous
I was intriguing
you were intriguing
he/she/it was intriguing
we were intriguing
you were intriguing
they were intriguing
Past Perfect
I had intrigued
you had intrigued
he/she/it had intrigued
we had intrigued
you had intrigued
they had intrigued
Future
I will intrigue
you will intrigue
he/she/it will intrigue
we will intrigue
you will intrigue
they will intrigue
Future Perfect
I will have intrigued
you will have intrigued
he/she/it will have intrigued
we will have intrigued
you will have intrigued
they will have intrigued
Future Continuous
I will be intriguing
you will be intriguing
he/she/it will be intriguing
we will be intriguing
you will be intriguing
they will be intriguing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been intriguing
you have been intriguing
he/she/it has been intriguing
we have been intriguing
you have been intriguing
they have been intriguing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been intriguing
you will have been intriguing
he/she/it will have been intriguing
we will have been intriguing
you will have been intriguing
they will have been intriguing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been intriguing
you had been intriguing
he/she/it had been intriguing
we had been intriguing
you had been intriguing
they had been intriguing
Conditional
I would intrigue
you would intrigue
he/she/it would intrigue
we would intrigue
you would intrigue
they would intrigue
Past Conditional
I would have intrigued
you would have intrigued
he/she/it would have intrigued
we would have intrigued
you would have intrigued
they would have intrigued
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intrigue - a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) endsintrigue - a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
plot, secret plan, game - a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal); "they concocted a plot to discredit the governor"; "I saw through his little game from the start"
priestcraft - a derogatory reference to priests who use their influence to control secular or political affairs
2.intrigue - a clandestine love affair
love affair, romance - a relationship between two lovers
Verb1.intrigue - cause to be interested or curiousintrigue - cause to be interested or curious  
grab, seize - capture the attention or imagination of; "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination"
matter to, interest - be of importance or consequence; "This matters to me!"
2.intrigue - form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
plot - plan secretly, usually something illegal; "They plotted the overthrow of the government"

intrigue

noun
2. affair, romance, intimacy, liaison, amour She detected her husband in an intrigue with a prostitute.
verb
1. interest, fascinate, arouse the curiosity of, attract, charm, rivet, titillate, pique, tickle your fancy The novelty of the situation intrigued him.
2. plot, scheme, manoeuvre, conspire, connive, machinate The main characters spend their time intriguing for control.

intrigue

noun
A secret plan to achieve an evil or illegal end:
verb
1. To work out a secret plan to achieve an evil or illegal end:
2. To arouse the interest and attention of:
Slang: turn on.
Translations
مُؤامَرَه، مكيدَهيَتآمَر على، يُدَبِّر مكيدَهيَفْتِن، يَسْحَر
intrikovatpletichaupoutat
fængslefascinereindtrigeintrigere
intrikaintrikál
ráîabruggstanda í ráîabruggivekja forvitni
intrigosintriguojantisintriguotikeliantis smalsumąpinklės
aizrautintrigaintriģētvērpt intrigas
intriga
dolapentrikaentrika/dolap çevirmekmerakını uyandırmak

intrigue

[ɪnˈtriːg]
A. N (= plot) → intriga f; (amorous) → aventura f (sentimental), amorío m
a web of intrigueuna maraña de intriga
B. VTfascinar
I am intrigued to know whetherme intriga saber si ..., estoy intrigado por saber si ...
we were intrigued by a sign outside a shopnos llamó la atención el letrero de una tienda
C. VIintrigar (against contra)

intrigue

[ˈɪntriːg]
nintrigue f
[ɪnˈtriːg] vtintriguer
The idea seemed to intrigue him → L'idée semblait l'intriguer.
They are intrigued by her story → Ils sont intrigués par son histoire., Son histoire les intrigue

intrigue

vt (= arouse interest of)faszinieren; (= arouse curiosity of)neugierig machen; to be intrigued with or by somethingvon etw fasziniert sein; I would be intrigued to know why …es würde mich schon interessieren, warum …; I’m intrigued to hear what she’s been sayingich würde wirklich gerne hören, was sie gesagt hat
n
(= plot)Intrige f; (no pl: = plotting) → Intrigen (→ spiel nt) pl
(dated: = love affair) → Liaison f, → Liebschaft f

intrigue

[ɪnˈtriːg]
1. n (plot) → intrigo; (amorous) → tresca
2. vt (fascinate) → intrigare, affascinare; (make curious) → incuriosire
3. vicomplottare, tramare

intrigue

(inˈtriːg) , (ˈintriːg) noun
the activity of plotting or scheming; a plot or scheme. He became president as a result of (a) political intrigue.
(inˈtriːg) verb
1. to fascinate, arouse the curiosity of or amuse. The book intrigued me.
2. to plot or scheme.
inˈtriguing adjective
curious or amusing. an intriguing idea.
References in classic literature ?
Thou art keen-witted, Jewess,'' replied the Templar, well aware of the truth of what she spoke, and that the rules of his Order condemned in the most positive manner, and under high penalties, such intrigues as he now prosecuted, and that, in some instances, even degradation had followed upon it ``thou art sharp-witted,'' he said; ``but loud must be thy voice of complaint, if it is heard beyond the iron walls of this castle; within these, murmurs, laments, appeals to justice, and screams for help, die alike silent away.
Christine Daae, owing to intrigues to which I will return later, did not immediately continue her triumph at the Opera.
Their sorrow for their father was very deep, and they lived quietly on in their new home, without feeling any desire to leave it for court gaieties or intrigues.
He then caused all the duennas of the palace, those that are here present, to be brought before him; and after having dwelt upon the enormity of our offence, and denounced duennas, their characters, their evil ways and worse intrigues, laying to the charge of all what I alone was guilty of, he said he would not visit us with capital punishment, but with others of a slow nature which would be in effect civil death for ever; and the very instant he ceased speaking we all felt the pores of our faces opening, and pricking us, as if with the points of needles.
of whose intrigues Wolsey was at once the instrument and the dupe.
But who can say what experiments may be produced by the caprice of particular States, by the ambition of enterprising leaders, or by the intrigues and influence of foreign powers?
A born confidant to all the little intrigues of the work-rooms, the chevalier never passed the door, which usually stood open, without giving something to his little ducks,--chocolate, bonbons, ribbons, laces, gilt crosses, and such like trifles adored by grisettes; consequently, the kind old gentleman was adored in return.
I believe, then, that it is not on account of any intrigues of her own that my wife has been arrested, but because of those of a lady much greater than herself.
He was declared to be in debt to every tradesman in the place, and his intrigues all honoured with the title of seduction, had been extended into every tradesman's family.
I never meddle in intrigues, and if I occasionally become a confidant of the intrigues of others I am sure your eminence will approve of my keeping them secret.
I strongly suspected however, that some of these jolly bachelors were carrying on love intrigues with the maidens of the tribe; although they did not appear publicly to acknowledge them.
The things which the Stygian darkness hid from my objective eye could not have been half so wonderful as the pictures which my imagination wrought as it conjured to life again the ancient peoples of this dying world and set them once more to the labours, the intrigues, the mysteries and the cruelties which they had practised to make their last stand against the swarming hordes of the dead sea bottoms that had driven them step by step to the uttermost pinnacle of the world where they were now intrenched behind an impenetrable barrier of superstition.