intriguing

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
    • adj intriguing capable of arousing interest or curiosity "our team came up with some most intriguing finds"
    • adj intriguing disturbingly provocative "an intriguing smile"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • intriguing Forming secret plots or schemes; addicted to intrigue; given to secret machinations: as, an intriguing disposition.
    • intriguing Synonyms Artful, Sly, etc. (see cunning); insidious, designing, deceitful, plotting, scheming.
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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.”

Usage

In literature:

Brandila, husband of Procula, story of his intrigue with Regina, wife of Patzenes, v. 32, 33.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
Nor may his efforts in Comedy of Intrigue be overlooked.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
He was still too young to intrigue for the tiara.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
She had intrigued a good deal in her life.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
The Order was soon invaded by intriguers.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
It is little wonder that the wildest rumors of intrigues, of uprisings, of mutiny, filled the air.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
Russia, undermined by German intrigue, with traitors at court, was already tottering to her fall.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
The duke had also reason to apprehend danger from the intrigues of his brother Henry.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part A. From the Britons of Early Times to King John" by David Hume
France had been alike successful in her intrigues at the courts of Rome and Constantinople.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
It is a perfect hot-bed of political intrigue, and it is under police protection.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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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
He civilly came to the Cockpit one night,
And proferred his service to fair Madam Knight.
Quoth she, 'I intrigue with Captain Cazzo;
Your nose in mine arse, good Signior Dildo.'
"Signior Dildo" by Lord John Wilmot
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 news:

Long kept from public view, more than 100 paintings collected by Hitler are on display here, offering an intriguing glimpse of the art he believed should adorn the 1,000-year Reich planned by the Nazis.
IRVING – At one point this offseason, Jerry Jones made it clear he was intrigued by Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who had an outstanding combine.
LSU lineman's words add intrigue to scrap with Florida.
A few surprises, but a draft that should provide a lot of fun, drama and intrigue.
Cary Stemle, my friend and former editor, posted something intriguing on his Facebook page last week: a brief, glowing endorsement of the new Clint Eastwood tough-guy flick, "Gran Torino.".
Car travel is required in Los Angeles' sprawling San Fernando Valley, but Studio City remains an intriguing exception to the rule.
Not math necessarily, although that does intrigue me.
Like Harper herself, this intriguing new British play doesn't have precise answers for such questions.
Seldom are the handwritten comments of a teacher so intriguing that students save their papers past graduation.
I'm always intrigued with new technology, new gadgets with the promise of saving me time or labor, improving society, doing a job better.
Love's Labour's Lost is a whirlwind comedy of language in which Shakespeare's passion for words overwhelms his characters' romantic intrigues.
Twin Cities Film Fest focuses on studio releases, documentaries, intriguing indies and made-in-Minnesota projects.
Sadness has never looked so good than in Lars von Trier's intriguing drama on depression with a SciFi twist, ' Melancholia .
Patrick says he's intrigued, despite failing to meet key deadline.
Hat tip to Ross Douthat for highlighting an intriguing recent NYMag.com piece on Hollywood's originality problem.
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In science:

This intriguing interplay makes our proof quite involved.
Theory of Amalgamated Lp Spaces in Noncommutative Probability
We follow this unusual order because it reflects what has happened in recent years and also because the newer work on time ordering raises some intriguing questions and challenges.
How Time Works in Quantum Systems: Overview of time ordering and time correlation in weakly perturbed atomic collisions and in strongly perturbed qubits
Especially in the latter case there is an intriguing possibility that the present universe is a scaling attractor with a constant dark energy fraction Ωφ ≃ 0.7 .
General analytic formulae for attractor solutions of scalar-field dark energy models and their multi-field generalizations
But an even more intriguing task, and a natural extension of these studies, is to understand how the topological structure of networks affects dynamics taking place on top of them .
Walks on Apollonian networks
We find that there is an intriguing reciprocal connection between these two thresholds in a number of well-studied games on graphs.
Positional games on random graphs
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