American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A secret or underhand scheme; a plot.
- n. The practice of or involvement in such schemes.
- n. A clandestine love affair.
- v. To engage in secret or underhand schemes; plot.
- v. To effect by secret scheming or plotting.
- v. To arouse the interest or curiosity of: Hibernation has long intrigued biologists.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To entangle; involve; cause to be involved or entangled.
- To plot for: scheme for.
- To practise underhand plotting or scheming; exert secret influence for the accomplishment of a purpose; seek to promote one's aims in devious and clandestine ways.
- To have clandestine or illicit intercourse.
- n. Intricacy; complication; maze.
- n. Secret or underhand plotting or scheming; the exertion of secret influence for the accomplishment of a purpose.
- n. A clandestine plot; a scheme for entangling others, or for gaining an end by the exertion of secret influence: as, to expose an intrigue.
- n. The plot of a play, poem, or romance; the series of complications in which a writer involves his imaginary characters.
- n. Clandestine intercourse between a man and a woman; illicit intimacy; a liaison.
- n. A complicated or clandestine plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem.
- n. The plot of a play, poem or romance; the series of complications in which a writer involves their imaginary characters.
- n. Clandestine intercourse between persons; illicit intimacy; a liaison.
- v. intransitive To conceive or carry out a secret plan intended to harm; to form a plot or scheme.
- v. transitive To arouse the interest of; to fascinate.
- v. intransitive To have clandestine or illicit intercourse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To form a plot or scheme; to contrive to accomplish a purpose by secret artifice.
- v. To carry on a secret and illicit love or amour.
- v. obsolete To fill with artifice and duplicity; to complicate; to embarrass.
- n. obsolete Intricacy; complication.
- n. A complicated plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem.
- n. The plot of a play or romance; a complicated scheme of designs, actions, and events.
- n. A secret and illicit love affair between two persons of different sexes; an amour; a liaison.
- v. form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
- n. a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
- n. a clandestine love affair
- v. cause to be interested or curious
- From French, from Italian intricare, from Latin intrico ("to entangle, perplex, embarrass"). (Wiktionary)
- From French intriguer, to plot, from Italian intrigare, to plot, from Latin intrīcāre, to entangle; see intricate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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