Definition of intrigue noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪntriːɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntriːɡ//
    ; BrE BrE//ɪnˈtriːɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtriːɡ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the activity of making secret plans in order to achieve an aim, often by tricking people political intrigue The young heroine steps into a web of intrigue in the academic world.
  2. 2[countable] a secret plan or relationship, especially one which involves somebody else being tricked I soon learnt about all the intrigues and scandals that went on in the little town. Sexual intrigues were almost part of the culture of high politics.
  3. 3[uncountable] the atmosphere of interest and excitement that surrounds something secret or important North was a man who added to the intrigue of meetings.
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent. (in the sense ‘deceive, cheat’): from French intrigue ‘plot’, intriguer ‘to tangle, to plot’, via Italian from Latin intricare, from in- ‘into’ + tricae ‘tricks, perplexities’.Sense (1) of the verb, which was influenced by a later French sense “to puzzle, make curious”, arose in the late 19th cent.Extra examples The prime minister engaged in political intrigues against the king. a tale of treachery and court intrigue I soon learned about all the intrigues and scandals that went on in the little town. Political intrigue and prejudice are prevalent here.
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