intrigue

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Borrowing from French intrigue, 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.
    • Thomas Carlyle
      [] lost in such a jungle of intrigues, pettifoggings, treacheries, diplomacies domestic and foreign []
  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 or affair.
    • 1976, John Harold Wilson, Court Satires of the Restoration (page 245)
      In 1679 and 1680 there were persistent rumors of an intrigue between Mary, Lady Grey, and the Duke of Monmouth.

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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”, in American Scientist[1], 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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intrigue f ‎(plural intrigues)

  1. intrigue (all senses)

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intrigue

  1. inflection of intriguer:
    1. first-person and third-person singular present indicative
    2. first-person and third-person singular present subjunctive
    3. second-person singular imperative

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intrigue

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of intrigar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of intrigar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of intrigar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of intrigar

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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.