- 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 verb-·trigued′, -·trigu′ing
- 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
- Obs. 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 … 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.
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.
- 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)