Interesting vs. Intriguing - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Interesting (adjective)

    Arousing or interest of someone.

  • Interesting (adjective)

    strange or unusual, in a negative sense.

    "The stew had an interesting flavor."

  • Interesting (verb)

    present participle of interest

  • Intriguing (adjective)

    Causing a desire to know more; mysterious.

    "Thesaurus:mysterious"

  • Intriguing (adjective)

    Having clandestine or illicit intercourse.

  • Intriguing (verb)

    present participle of intrigue

  • Intriguing (noun)

    An intrigue.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Interesting (adjective)

    arousing curiosity or interest; holding or catching the attention

    "an interesting debate"

    "it will be very interesting to see what they come up with"

  • Intriguing (adjective)

    arousing one's curiosity or interest; fascinating

    "an intriguing story"

    "it's an intriguing possibility"

    "the food is an intriguing combination of German and French"

Webster Dictionary

  • Interesting (adjective)

    Engaging the attention; exciting, or adapted to excite, interest, curiosity, or emotion; as, an interesting story; interesting news.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Interesting (adjective)

    arousing or holding the attention

  • Intriguing (adjective)

    disturbingly provocative;

    "an intriguing smile"

  • Intriguing (adjective)

    capable of arousing interest or curiosity;

    "our team came up with some most intriguing finds"

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