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INTRIGUE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does intrigue mean? 

INTRIGUE (noun)
  The noun INTRIGUE has 2 senses:

1. a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
2. a clandestine love affair

  Familiarity information: INTRIGUE used as a noun is rare.


INTRIGUE (verb)
  The verb INTRIGUE has 2 senses:

1. cause to be interested or curious
2. form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner

  Familiarity information: INTRIGUE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTRIGUE (noun)


Sense 1intrigue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

intrigue; machination

Hypernyms ("intrigue" is a kind of...):

game; plot; secret plan (a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intrigue"):

priestcraft (a derogatory reference to priests who use their influence to control secular or political affairs)


Sense 2intrigue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A clandestine love affair

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("intrigue" is a kind of...):

love affair; romance (a relationship between two lovers)


INTRIGUE (verb)


Sense 1intrigue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be interested or curious

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

fascinate; intrigue

Hypernyms (to "intrigue" is one way to...):

interest; matter to (be of importance or consequence)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "intrigue"):

grab; seize (capture the attention or imagination of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to intrigue Sue


Sense 2intrigue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

scheme; connive; intrigue

Hypernyms (to "intrigue" is one way to...):

plot (plan secretly, usually something illegal)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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