Synonyms of intrigue in English:


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1‘other people's houses always intrigued her’

interest, be of interest to, fascinate, be a source of fascination to, arouse someone's curiosity, engage someone's attention, attract, draw, lure, tempt, tantalize
rivet, absorb, engross, charm, captivate
divert, titillate


2‘the ministers were intriguing for their own gains’

plot, hatch a plot, conspire, take part in a conspiracy, make secret plans, lay plans, scheme, manoeuvre, connive, collude, work hand in glove
rare complot, cabal, machinate


1‘the intrigue that accompanied the selection of a new leader’

plotting, planning, conspiracy, collusion, conniving, scheming, machination, palace intrigue, trickery, sharp practice, double-dealing, unscrupulousness, underhandedness, deviousness, subterfuge
plot, scheme, stratagem, ruse, wile, artifice, manoeuvre
informal dirty tricks
rare complot, cabal, covin

2‘the king's intrigues with his nobles' wives’

secret love affair, affair, affair of the heart, liaison, amour, amorous entanglement, romantic entanglement, fling, flirtation, dalliance
adultery, infidelity, unfaithfulness
informal fooling around, playing around, playing away, hanky-panky
British informal carryings-on, carry-on, bit on the side