intrigue

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Borrowing from French intriguer, from Italian intricare, from Latin intrīcō (I entangle, perplex, embarrass).

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intrigue (plural intrigues)

  1. A complicated or clandestine plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem.
  2. The plot of a play, poem or romance; the series of complications in which a writer involves their imaginary characters.
  3. Clandestine intercourse between persons; illicit intimacy; a liaison.

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intrigue (third-person singular simple present intrigues, present participle intriguing, simple past and past participle intrigued)

  1. (intransitive) To conceive or carry out a secret plan intended to harm; to form a plot or scheme.
  2. (transitive) To arouse the interest of; to fascinate.
    • 2012 March 1, Brian Hayes, “Pixels or Perish”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 106: 
      Blackboard sketches, geological maps, diagrams of molecular structure, astronomical photographs, MRI images, the many varieties of statistical charts and graphs: These pictorial devices are indispensable tools for presenting evidence, for explaining a theory, for telling a story. And, on top of all that, they are ornaments; they entice and intrigue and sometimes delight.
  3. (intransitive) To have clandestine or illicit intercourse.
  4. (transitive) To fill with artifice and duplicity; to complicate.
    • Dr. J. Scott
      How doth it [sin] perplex and intrigue the whole course of your lives!

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Noun[edit]

intrigue f (plural intrigues)

  1. plot, storyline (of novel, film, etc)

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intrigue

  1. first-person singular present indicative of intriguer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of intriguer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of intriguer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of intriguer
  5. second-person singular imperative of intriguer

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intrigue

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of intrigar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of intrigar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of intrigar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of intrigar.