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
Court intrigue with her was at an end.
"Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
These outcasts of a few years back were able now to seize the threads of intrigue, and shake up two governments with a single pull!
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
The course of the intrigue may be followed most conveniently at this point in the document known as Mudara's Confession.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
The human element relies upon will, coercion, manoeuvre, and even intrigue.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
For the thousandth time Daoud wished he were leading troops in the field rather than intriguing in the chambers of enemy leaders.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
English diplomacy and diplomats do it at times; but then mostly for the sake of political intrigue.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
It is a hotbed of treason and Russian intrigue.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
Infamous intriguers, traitors, and imbeciles, prevent Hooker from being intrusted with the destinies of our army.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
Mightily intrigued, he moved forward until he came within earshot of the party.
"Quest of the Golden Ape" by Ivar Jorgensen
Again, they are sometimes spreading nets to catch a complaisant husband, who will support them in their intrigues.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
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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
In fact, even the very basic issue of what is meant by randomness of a sequence of numbers, is not clearly understood. I shall not discuss these and related issues here and instead, refer you to for some interesting literature on this intriguing sub ject.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
They posses long-range order but no translation symmetry and show geometrically intriguing diffraction patterns.
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
Baake for intriguing me with random diffraction patterns and pointing out references [BaaHoe00], [Hof95b].
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
By analyzing Figs. 1.2 and 1.3, an intriguing question arises: Why does the harmonic- field photocount statistics in the no-energy-tra nsfer regime remain subPoissonian with the Fano factor almost independent of the interaction time g t > 1? This behavior can be understood better by plotting the Husimi Q-function.
Quantum, classical and semiclassical analyses of photon statistics in harmonic generation
This is another intriguing effect contained in the RD model.
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics
Although one should think that there must be a simple reason for this intriguing behaviour, we have not been able to find a simple analytical proof and can thus only present the numerical evidence.
Elliptic Flow from a Transversally Thermalized Fireball
This intriguing structural property is attributable to both the underlying domain and the hypothesized power-law distribution followed by movie ratings (and other selforganizing systems, e.g., the web and airports).
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
The situation for negation is most intriguing.
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
Discussion: The most intriguing aspect of this paper is the simplicity of the Hamiltonians that realize a variety of unconventional quantum phases, and the possibility that such systems may actually be made in a laboratory.
Exotic order in simple models of bosonic systems
This opens up the intriguing question of whether randomness can play a useful role in quantum systems, in particular given the widespread current interest in quantum information schemes such as quantum computation .
Exploiting Randomness in Quantum Information Processing
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