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Intrigue

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Intrigue

1. Intricacy; complication.

2. A complicated plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem.

3. The plot or romance; a complicated scheme of designs, actions, and events.

4. A secret and illicit love affair between two persons of different sexes; an amour; a liaison.

Synonym: plot, scheme, conspiracy, machination.

Origin: cf. F. Intrique. See intrigue.