An intrigue is a secret plot. If you ever become the monarch of a small island kingdom, keep watch for signs of any intrigue against you.

Intrigue comes from the Latin verb intricare, to entangle, and is related to intricate. It can be a noun, meaning underhanded plot, or a verb for the act of plotting. Agents of two opposing powers intrigue against each other. In the late nineteenth century it also came to mean the feeling of curiosity or interest. If someone's ideas intrigue you, you want to know more about them.

Definitions of intrigue
  1. noun
    a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
    synonyms: machination
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    a derogatory reference to priests who use their influence to control secular or political affairs
    type of:
    game, plot, secret plan
    a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)
  2. noun
    a clandestine love affair
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    type of:
    love affair, romance
    a relationship between two lovers
  3. verb
    form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
    synonyms: connive, scheme
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    type of:
    plan secretly, usually something illegal
  4. verb
    cause to be interested or curious
    synonyms: fascinate
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    grab, seize
    capture the attention or imagination of
    type of:
    interest, matter to
    be of importance or consequence
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