Definition of Intrigue

1. Noun. A crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends.

Exact synonyms: Machination
Generic synonyms: Game, Plot, Secret Plan
Specialized synonyms: Priestcraft
Derivative terms: Machinate, Machinate

2. Verb. Cause to be interested or curious. "The performance is likely to intrigue Sue"
Exact synonyms: Fascinate
Specialized synonyms: Grab, Seize
Generic synonyms: Interest, Matter To
Derivative terms: Fascination, Fascination

3. Noun. A clandestine love affair.
Generic synonyms: Love Affair, Romance

4. Verb. Form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner.
Exact synonyms: Connive, Scheme
Generic synonyms: Plot
Derivative terms: Connivance

Definition of Intrigue

1. v. i. To form a plot or scheme; to contrive to accomplish a purpose by secret artifice.

2. v. t. To fill with artifice and duplicity; to complicate; to embarrass.

3. n. Intricacy; complication.

Definition of Intrigue

1. Noun. A complicated or clandestine plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem. ¹

2. Noun. The plot of a play, poem or romance; the series of complications in which a writer involves his imaginary characters. ¹

3. Noun. Clandestine intercourse between persons; illicit intimacy; a liaison. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To conceive or carry out a secret plan intended to harm; to form a plot or scheme. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To arouse the interest of; to fascinate. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To have clandestine or illicit intercourse. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Intrigue

1. to arouse the curiosity of [v -TRIGUED, -TRIGUING, -TRIGUES]

Medical Definition of Intrigue

1. 1. Intricacy; complication. 2. A complicated plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem. 3. The plot or romance; a complicated scheme of designs, actions, and events. 4. A secret and illicit love affair between two persons of different sexes; an amour; a liaison. Synonym: Plot, scheme, conspiracy, machination. Origin: Cf. F. Intrique. See Intrigue. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Intrigue

intrinsic asthma
intrinsic brightness
intrinsic brightnesses
intrinsic colour

Literary usage of Intrigue

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Arena by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1895)
"SENATOR intrigue AND INSPECTOR ... had arranged with "Senator intrigue to find places for the latter's henchmen in the Indian service: The inspector had ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The Republican party in the Commons had ramifications in the City and in the army ; and an intrigue was set on foot to promote a petition in both those ..."

3. Shakespeare's Life and Work: Being an Abridgement, Chiefly for the Use of by Sidney Lee (1904)
"Five other sonnets intrigue treat the same theme. ... The definite element of intrigue that is suggested here is not found anywhere else in the range of ..."

4. Shakespeare as a Dramatic Artist: A Popular Illustration of the Principles by Richard Green Moulton (1901)
"When Othello. we turn to analyse the Plot, this is found to be a network of intrigue—the mode of action in which Jealousy most naturally finds vent; ..."

5. Documentary History of Reconstruction: Political, Military, Social by Walter Lynwood Fleming (1906)
"Lawless men, singly and in organized bands, engaged in general plunder; every ::es of intrigue and peculation and theft WCTC resorted to. ..."

6. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1782)
"Thus intrigue and debauchery with women, are well known to be carried to a high degree in warm climates. Even marriage is held bu: as a flight bar, ..."

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