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intrigue

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verb
    1. to arouse the curiosity or interest of by unusual, new, or otherwise fascinating or compelling qualities; appeal strongly to; captivate: The plan intrigues me, but I wonder if it will work.
    2. to accomplish or force by crafty plotting or underhand machinations
    [Webster]
  • ~ (against sb): make and carry out secret plans or plots to do sth bad [Barron]
  • to arouse the interest, desire, or curiosity of [Taisha]

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