- The definition of an intrigue is something that is done secretly through plotting.
An example of intrigue is the story of two famous lovers played out in a gossip magazine.
- Intrigue is defined as to do something that gets another person interested.
An example of intrigue is a man and woman having a conversation at a bar that makes them want to know more about each other.
intransitive verbintrigued, intriguing
- to carry on a secret love affair
- to plot or scheme secretly or underhandedly
Origin of intrigueFrench intriguer ; from Italian intrigare ; from Classical Latin intricare: see intricate
- to bring on or get by secret or underhanded plotting
- to excite the interest or curiosity of; fascinate: the puzzle intrigued her
- Archaic to trick or perplex
- Obsolete to entangle
- an intriguing; secret or underhanded plotting
- a secret or underhanded plot or scheme; machination
- a secret love affair
- a. A secret or underhand scheme; a plot.b. The practice of or involvement in such schemes: seized the throne by intrigue.
- A clandestine love affair.
verbin·trigued, in·trigu·ing, in·trigues
- To arouse the interest or curiosity of: Hibernation has long intrigued biologists.
- To effect or cause to be accepted or rejected by secret scheming or plotting: “Mr. Clay &ellipsis; was intrigued out of the Presidential nomination” (Parke Godwin).
Origin of intrigueFrom French intriguer, to plot, from Italian intrigare, to plot, from Latin intrīcāre, to entangle; see intricate.
- A complicated or clandestine plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem.
- The plot of a play, poem or romance; the series of complications in which a writer involves their imaginary characters.
- Clandestine intercourse between persons; illicit intimacy; a liaison.
(third-person singular simple present intrigues, present participle intriguing, simple past and past participle intrigued)