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intrigue

in·trigue

intrigue

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: ihn trig
inflections: intrigued, intrigues, intriguing
definition 1: to strongly draw the interest of; puzzle; fascinate.
The odd fairy tale intrigued the child.
synonyms:
attract, bewitch, captivate, charm, engage, fascinate, rivet
similar words:
absorb, allure, amaze, beguile, enchant, enthrall, interest, pique, puzzle, spellbind, tickle, titillate, transfix
definition 2: to accomplish by secret scheming or plotting.
She intrigued her way into the council.
synonyms:
finagle, machinate, maneuver, manipulate, wangle
similar words:
conspire, contrive, finesse, plot, scheme
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: ihn trig
definition 1: to scheme or plot secretly.
synonyms:
contrive, finagle, machinate, plot, scheme
similar words:
collude, connive, conspire
definition 2: to carry on an illicit or secret love affair.
similar words:
cheat, mess around, philander, rendezvous, tryst, womanize
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: In trig
definition 1: a secret scheme or plot.
There were many intrigues against me.
synonyms:
cabal, conspiracy, machinations, plot, scheme
similar words:
artifice, deception, dodge, maneuver, racket, ruse, strategy, trick
definition 2: the act or practice of scheming or plotting secretly.
His life is driven by intrigue.
synonyms:
conspiracy, deception, duplicity, machination, scheming
similar words:
collusion, contrivance, cunning, guile, knavery, subterfuge, treachery, trickery
definition 3: an illicit or secret love affair.
synonyms:
affair, amour, liaison, love affair, romance
similar words:
assignation, hanky-panky, rendezvous, tryst
derivations: intriguingly (adv.), intriguer (n.)