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Meaning of INTRIGUE

Pronunciation:  [n]'intreeg, [v]in'treeg, in'treeg

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
  2. [n]  a clandestine love affair
  3. [v]  form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
  4. [v]  cause to be interested or curious

INTRIGUE is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: connive, fascinate, machination, scheme
 See Also: grab, interest, love affair, matter to, plot, plot, priestcraft, romance, secret plan, seize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*trigue"\ ([i^]n*tr[=e]g"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
    {Intrigued} (-tr[=e]gd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Intriguing}.] [F.
    intriguer, OF. intriquer, entriquer; cf. It. intrigare. See
    {Intricate}, {Extricate}.]
    1. To form a plot or scheme; to contrive to accomplish a
       purpose by secret artifice.
    2. To carry on a secret and illicit love or amour.
  2. \In*trigue"\, v. t.
    To fill with artifice and duplicity; to complicate; to
    embarrass. [Obs.]
          How doth it [sin] perplex and intrique the whole course
          of your lives!                           --Dr. J.
  3. \In*trigue"\, n. [Cf. F. intrique. See {Intrigue}, v.
    1. Intricacy; complication. [Obs.] --Sir M. Hale.
    2. A complicated plot or scheme intended to effect some
       purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem.
             Busy meddlers with intrigues of state. --Pomfret.
    3. The plot or romance; a complicated scheme of designs,
       actions, and events. --Pope.
    4. A secret and illicit love affair between two persons of
       different sexes; an amour; a liaison.
             The hero of a comedy is represented victorious in
             all his intrigues.                    --Swift.
    Syn: Plot; scheme; conspiracy; machination.
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