Definitions of intrigue

  1. form intrigues ( for) in an underhand manner
  2. cause to be interested or curious
  3. a crafty and involved plot to achieve your ( usually sinister) ends
  4. a clandestine love affair
  5. To form a plot or scheme; to contrive to accomplish a purpose by secret artifice.
  6. To carry on a secret and illicit love or amour.
  7. To fill with artifice and duplicity; to complicate; to embarrass.
  8. Intricacy; complication.
  9. A complicated plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem.
  10. The plot or romance; a complicated scheme of designs, actions, and events.
  11. A secret and illicit love affair between two persons of different sexes; an amour; a liaison.
  12. To carry on a secret plot; engage in secret love affairs.
  13. Colloquially, to interest keenly.
  14. A secret plot; secret love affair.
  15. A complex plot: a private or party scheme: the plot of a play or romance: secret illicit love.
  16. To form a plot or scheme: to carry on illicit love:- pr. p. intriguing: pa. p. intrigued.
  17. Scheme; plot; amour.
  18. To carry on an intrigue.
  19. To plot or scheme.
  20. A secret scheme; plot.
  21. A plot of a complicated nature; a secret plot for some party purpose; a secret illicit love affair.
  22. To render intricate. See Intricate.
  23. To form a plot, usually intended to effect some purpose by secret artifices; to carry on a commerce of forbidden love.
  24. A plot or scheme of a private or party kind engaged in by several persons; a love- affair, usually illicit; the plot of a poem or play.
  25. To form a complicated plot or scheme; to carry on an illicit love; to plot secretly.

Usage examples for intrigue

  1. Whitehall, when he dwelt there, was the focus of political intrigue and of fashionable gaiety. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  2. We shall now see that not only the Illuminati but Weishaupt himself still continued to intrigue long after the French Revolution had ended. – Secret Societies And Subversive Movements by Nesta H. Webster
  3. George, I am not a man of intrigue. – The Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie
  4. " I desired only," said Montreal, with some hesitation, " to unite the Barons with thee; nor did I intrigue against thy life!" – Rienzi by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  5. A few visits to the Hospital where Khalid is detained- the patients in those days were not held at Ellis Island- and the intrigue is afoot. – The Book of Khalid by Ameen Rihani
  6. And this word intrigue that Lady Henry uses? – Lady Rose's Daughter by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  7. Wilfrid's spirit of intrigue was never to be taken by surprise. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. Surrounded by men of reckless habits, and women but a mere shade better, life presented itself to me as one series of costly pleasures, dashed only with such disappointments as loss at play inflicted, or some project of intrigue baffled or averted. – That Boy Of Norcott's by Charles James Lever
  9. Having no means of speaking with her, he sent a gentleman of his chamber to her to conduct his intrigue. – The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. IV. (of V.) by Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
  10. But I bore you with intrigue. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  11. Atterbury had, however, among his many gifts a dangerous gift of political intrigue. – A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  12. That was the end and the aim of this clandestine, this disgraceful intrigue! – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  13. Once settled, he began to intrigue. – An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad
  14. Quite by accident I discovered the vulgar intrigue of this- this Morley. – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  15. I choke with all this foul intrigue. – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
  16. Ah, friend Armand, he said, you were not cut out for diplomacy, nor yet for intrigue. – El Dorado by Baroness Orczy
  17. Much intrigue went on to obtain such a valuable favour. – The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare by J. J. Jusserand
  18. None of their cases were illustrations of the working of witch law; they were rather stray examples of the connection between superstition, on the one hand, and politics and court intrigue on the other. – A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 by Wallace Notestein
  19. With you it's merely a question of intrigue, while with me it's one of existence. – The Comedienne by Wladyslaw Reymont
  20. Our English general, Lee, had begun already to intrigue against Mr. Washington, writing, as Dr. Rush confided to my aunt, that he, Lee, ought to be made dictator. – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell