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intrigue

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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
she was intrigued
Definition cause to be interested, curious, or fascinated
  • She was intrigued by his surprising comment.
intrigued = interested, curious, or fascinated
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It was the first time she met him and she was intrigued by his easy confidence.
  • intrigued = interested
  • ...mystic and marvelous surprises that will entrance, delight, intrigue, astonish, and perplex you beyond measure.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • intrigue = interest
  • Her eyes held secrets, and there was little that intrigued him more.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • intrigued = fascinated (or interested)
  • Having spent all his life in one home with his family, the nomadic existence of the Romany intrigues him.
    Heather Morris  --  The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • intrigues = interests or fascinates
  • Even smudged with dirt and scum, and with tears leaking out of her eyes, there was something about the girl that intrigued him.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • intrigued = interested
  • He felt deeply drawn to him, and not solely because he was intrigued by the contrast between O'Brien's urbane manner and his prize-fighter's physique.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • intrigued = fascinated (or interested)
  • It was intriguing. ... These rebels must have something in mind beyond a mere political statement or their day-to-day survival in mind when they came here.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • intriguing = interesting
  • "It's gettin' on to four," he said, which was intriguing, as the courthouse clock must have struck the hour at least twice. I had not heard it or felt its vibrations.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • intriguing = interesting
  • He is intrigued by us and the relationship we have.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
intrigued = interested

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2  —as in:
involved in intrigue
Definition a secret scheme or plot
  • I try to avoid political intrigue.
intrigue = secret schemes or plots
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I suspect there's some kind of intrigue between the two of them.
  • intrigue = secret scheme or plot
  • They used to have intrigues among themselves, as always happens, and it would often come to blows and knives.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • intrigues = secret schemes or plots
  • My sister could smell such intrigues a year away.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • intrigues = secret schemes or plots
  • They had confessed to intelligence with the enemy (at that date, too, the enemy was Eurasia), embezzlement of public funds, the murder of various trusted Party members, intrigues against the leadership of Big Brother which had started long before the Revolution happened, and acts of sabotage causing the death of hundreds of thousands of people.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • intrigues = secret schemes or plots
  • All that followed was the result of her imprudence; and he went off with her at last, because he could not help it, regretting Fanny even at the moment, but regretting her infinitely more when all the bustle of the intrigue was over, and a very few months had taught him, by the force of contrast, to place a yet higher value on the sweetness of her temper, the purity of her mind, and the excellence of her principles.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • intrigue = secret scheme or plot
  • Their luck would hold indefinitely, and they would carry on their intrigue, just like this, for the remainder of their natural lives.
    George Orwell  --  1984
intrigue = secret scheme or plot

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®
Less commonly:
In classic literature, intrigue may also reference a secret love affair.
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