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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.
in′trigu′ing·ly adv.
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, but it now appears to be well established. As long ago as 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. This represented a dramatic increase over the 52 percent who accepted the word in 1968.

intriguing

(ɪnˈtriːɡɪŋ)
adj
arousing great interest or curiosity: an intriguing mystery.
inˈtriguingly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.intriguing - disturbingly provocative; "an intriguing smile"
provocative - serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or exciting controversy; "a provocative remark"; "a provocative smile"; "provocative Irish tunes which...compel the hearers to dance"- Anthony Trollope
2.intriguing - capable of arousing interest or curiosity; "our team came up with some most intriguing finds"
interesting - arousing or holding the attention

intriguing

Translations
جَذّاب، ساحِر، مُثير للإهْتِمام
poutavýzajímavý
fængslendefascinerende
forvitnilegur

intriguing

[ɪnˈtriːgɪŋ]
A. ADJ (= fascinating) [question, problem] → intrigante; [prospect, possibility] → fascinante; [personality] → misterioso, enigmático
a most intriguing problemun problema de lo más intrigante
an intriguing little gadgetun chisme curiosísimo or de lo más curioso
how very intriguing!¡qué raro!, ¡muy interesante!
B. Nintriga f

intriguing

[ɪnˈtriːgɪŋ] adj [book, question, idea] → intrigant(e), qui pique la curiosité

intriguing

nIntrigen (→ spiel nt) pl

intriguing

[ɪnˈtriːgɪŋ]
1. adj (fascinating) → affascinante, intrigante; (arousing curiosity) → che suscita curiosità
2. nintrighi mpl

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 ?
You had not your little wits sharpened by their intriguing against you, suppressed and defenceless, under the mask of sympathy and pity and what not that is soft and soothing.
What child-inquiring mind could resist this intriguing sentence to be found on the second page of the book:
To them the whole sex, from queens of France to milliners, are essentially depraved, licentious, intriguing, not a little rascally, fundamentally deceitful, and incapable of thought about anything but trifles.
I had a sensation of plotting and intriguing around me, all the time.
Now, all the squires for twenty leagues around were intriguing for this favor for their daughters, and a goodly number of the latter had been already brought or sent to Paris.
Both were very dark, and this, in connection with the shrugs and stealthy glances that accompanied their palpable intriguing, lent still greater force to the similarity.
Under the present system government loses fully four hours out of the nine which the clerks owe to the service, --hours wasted, as we shall see, in conversations, in gossip, in disputes, and, above all, in underhand intriguing.
Sidney's brilliant position for a few years as the noblest representative of chivalrous ideals in the intriguing Court of Elizabeth is a matter of common fame, as is his death in 1586 at the age of thirty-two during the siege of Zutphen in Holland.
Praise is the most insidious of all methods of treachery known to the world; and this is nowhere better understood than in Paris, where intriguing schemers know how to stifle every kind of talent at its birth by heaping laurels on its cradle.
But this did not enter into the plans of the governess, an intriguing person hatching a most sinister plot under her severe air of distant, fashionable exclusiveness.
They beguiled the time by backbiting and intriguing against each other in a foolish kind of way.
For his own part he practised it under the rites of special devotion to the transcendental merits of a certain Madame de S , a lady of advanced views, no longer very young, once upon a time the intriguing wife of a now dead and forgotten diplomat.