intrigue

Definitions

  • One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown with other refuse into a well behind the row house. The logical inference is that a rebel or criminal had been hanged, drawn, and quartered
    One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown with other refuse into a well behind the row house. The logical inference is that a rebel or criminal had been hanged, drawn, and quartered
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v intrigue form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
    • v intrigue cause to be interested or curious
    • n intrigue a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
    • n intrigue a clandestine love affair
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Intrigue A complicated plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem. "Busy meddlers with intrigues of state."
    • Intrigue 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 ."
    • Intrigue Intricacy; complication.
    • Intrigue The plot of a play or romance; a complicated scheme of designs, actions, and events.
    • Intrigue To carry on a secret and illicit love or amour.
    • v. t Intrigue To fill with artifice and duplicity; to complicate; to embarrass. "How doth it [sin] perplex and intrique the whole course of your lives!"
    • Intrigue To form a plot or scheme; to contrive to accomplish a purpose by secret artifice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • intrigue To entangle; involve; cause to be involved or entangled.
    • intrigue To plot for: scheme for.
    • intrigue To practise underhand plotting or scheming; exert secret influence for the accomplishment of a purpose; seek to promote one's aims in devious and clandestine ways.
    • intrigue To have clandestine or illicit intercourse.
    • n intrigue Intricacy; complication; maze.
    • n intrigue Secret or underhand plotting or scheming; the exertion of secret influence for the accomplishment of a purpose.
    • n intrigue A clandestine plot; a scheme for entangling others, or for gaining an end by the exertion of secret influence: as, to expose an intrigue.
    • n intrigue The plot of a play, poem, or romance; the series of complications in which a writer involves his imaginary characters.
    • n intrigue Clandestine intercourse between a man and a woman; illicit intimacy; a liaison.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Intrigue in-trēg′ a complex plot: a private or party scheme: the plot of a play or romance: secret illicit love
    • v.i Intrigue to form a plot or scheme: to carry on illicit love:—pr.p. intrigu′ing; pa.p. intrigued′
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Quotations

  • Ray L. Wilbur
    Ray L. Wilbur
    “The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.”
  • Greil Marcus
    Greil Marcus
    “It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths.”
  • Azel Backus
    Azel Backus
    “Error always addresses the passions and prejudices; truth scorns such mean intrigue, and only addresses the understanding and the conscience.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. intriguer, OF. intriquer, entriquer,; cf. It. intrigare,. See Intricate Extricate

Usage

In literature:

Italian intrigue had apparently been on foot.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2" by Henry Baerlein
What wonder, then, that they set on foot intrigues with the regicides of Paris?
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Sully found the new Court honeycombed with intrigues.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
The outbreak however was still delayed, and for two months Tyrconnell intrigued with William's Government.
"History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Mrs. Mallett had found out that there was some sort of an intrigue between her husband and Mrs.
"In the Mayor's Parlour" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
He had one of those minds which find their recreation in intrigue.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
They sought something: money, the gratification of base desires, success in dark intrigue.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
There was one director, Meadows, whom Farnsworth lighted on as a convenient agent in his intrigue.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
Her mind was not her most brilliant side, and the little that she had was turned to intrigue and perfidy.
"Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
On the same night, July 16, the baffled intriguers went into exile.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
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In poetry:

Blown from the mainland, where there grows
Th' "Intriguer of the Night,"
The flower that you have named Tube rose,
Sweet scented, slim, and white.
"Malay Song" by Laurence Hope
When Love was born of heavenly line,
What dire intrigues disturbed Cythera's joy!
Till Venus cried, "A mother's heart is mine;
None but myself shall nurse my boy,"
"The Birth Of Love" by William Wordsworth
AND how was that?—You're troublesome my friend:
The dog perhaps would more assistance lend;
On new intrigues his master might be bent;
With single conquest who was e'er content?
"The Little Dog" by Jean de La Fontaine
"Aha! You're not the first of men
To try to slay me with a pen,"
It sneered. "They try in vain; I still survive.
And now I go to make a league
And weave a web of State intrigue
That will enmesh you all, if I'm alive."
"The Insect" by C J Dennis
Love's a burden to a princess and a trifle to a throne;
For the glory of a monarch is a heart of brass and stone;
Else diplomacy would famish and intrigue and guile would wane,
In the arms of ease and pleasure, find the certain way to shame.
"The Haven Of The Lees" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
IN ev'ry age, at Naples, we are told,
Intrigue and gallantry reign uncontrolled;
With beauteous objects in abundance blessed.
No country round so many has possessed;
Such fascinating charms the FAIR disclose,
That irresistibly soft passion flows.
"Richard Minutolo" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

" Hereafter " is a solemnly reassuring film made by major talents working intriguingly outside their comfort zones.
And she put an ad in the local paper, the Iowa Register: OLDS 1999 Intrigue.
Folks in the lower areas were not treated to this intriguing act of Mother Nature.
Drama and intrigue blanketed the women's 400-meter freestyle competition Friday at the Pan Pacific Championships, an event in which one of the night's biggest winners did not even jump in the pool.
Steaks include a New York strip, tenderloin and bone-in rib eye, but I was more intrigued by the flatiron steak.
When this video for this Korean workout infomercial popped up on YouTube, I was immediately intrigued.
The Church of Scientology transformed a landmark Hollywood property -- one with an intriguing backstory -- into the Celebrity Centre International.
I'm sick of the elections, so I'm going to start with a story of international intrigue.
Photo By Estes Design Inc. All of us began our pre-career existence intrigued by our natural surroundings.
In federal court on Thursday, it was hard to tell which was more mysterious and intriguing — a government informer 's cover story, or his actual life.
The intriguing, " interchangeable " Syracuse basketball duo of Christmas and Coleman.
The CHSAA Class AA intersectional boys soccer quarterfinals are set to be memorable with four intriguing games, incredible storylines and a high level of play.
Police went to investigate the intriguing neuromotor anomaly, but found the man back in motion at 10th and H.
I've always been intrigued by those Renaissance paintings depicting some crucial moment in the life of Christ: the wedding feast at Cana, the healing of the blind man, even the Last Supper.
I was intrigued by a recent article in the New York Times1 about a new treatment for phantom limb .
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In science:

Peierls instability seems to be an intriguing issue.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
The generating functions SM (u, q) and CM (u, q) have intriguing analytical properties.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
This fact leads to the intriguing suspicion that, perhaps, orthonormal tetrads may be more significant for quantum theory in curved space-time than just being an auxiliary device.
Quantum Theory within the Framework of General Relativity
One very intriguing suggestion which has been made for the IKKT model is that the dimension (four) of observable space-time arises as the natural fractal dimension of a branched polymer which describes the dynamics of the model (Aoki, Iso, Kawai, Kitazawa, and Tada, 1999).
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Nevertheless, the existence of this mapping at the level of the GVA is rather intriguing.
Random Heteropolymer Dynamics
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