intrigue : Common Errors in English

About intrigue

Something fascinating or alluring can be called “intriguing,” but “intrigue” as a noun means something rather different: scheming and plotting. Don’t say people or situations are full of intrigue when you mean they are intriguing. The name of the Oldsmobile car model called the Intrigue is probably based on this common confusion.

intrigue Meaning(s)

  • (n) a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
  • (n) a clandestine love affair
  • (v) cause to be interested or curious
  • (v) form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner

intrigue in News

  1. Brazil, Spain lead World Cup appetizer tournament Confederations Cup

    It doesn't bear the high stakes or the sheer size of the World Cup, but when the Confederations Cup kicks off this weekend in Brazil, it will carry plenty of intrigue for soccer fans both around the world and in the U.S.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Sports Illustrated

  2. Mike McCall: Brazil, Spain lead World Cup appetizer tournament Confederations Cup

    It doesn't bear the high stakes or the sheer size of the World Cup, but when the Confederations Cup kicks off this weekend in Brazil, it will carry plenty of intrigue for soccer fans both around the world and in the U.S.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Sports Illustrated

  3. Diplomatic intrigue: Where will unmasked NSA leaker go?

    The National Security Agency contractor who came forward claiming to be the source of leaks about vast government surveillance programs set off diplomatic intrigue Monday by holing up in Hong Kong and hinting at seeking protection in Iceland.The reporter who broke the story for the British newspaper The Guardian said that he did not believe American authorities had been in touch with the ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: MSNBC

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