Intriguing things or people arouse curiosity and have an indescribable draw. If you find the night sky intriguing and enjoy pondering the limitlessness of the universe, you should consider becoming an astronomer.

When this adjective was first recorded in the 1600’s, anything intriguing had something to do with “tricking, deceiving, or cheating.” It wasn't until much later that intriguing lost its sinister sense and became simply a word to describe something with alluring mystery. Synonyms for intriguing run the gamut from captivating and delightful to riveting and titillating.

Definitions of intriguing

adj capable of arousing interest or curiosity

“our team came up with some most intriguing finds”
arousing or holding the attention

adj disturbingly provocative

“an intriguing smile”
serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or exciting controversy

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