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December 12, 2021

Pique /pēk / noun, verb


As a Noun

  • A feeling of resentment, especially caused by a person damaging your feeling of self-pride.
  • A temporary feeling of wounded vanity.
  • Anger or annoyance.
  • It may be used to mean to take pride in oneself. However, this meaning is less common.

As a Verb

  • To cause interest (curiosity) or excite, especially by a challenge or provocation.
  • To arouse resentment or anger in. To make someone angry.

Etymology: The word originated from French piquer, literally meaning “to prick.” As a verb (to make someone angry), the first known use of the word was in 1669. As a noun (the feeling of wounded vanity), the term’s first known use was in 1551. As a noun, but with a slight variation, piqué (meaning durable cotton, silk, or rayon ribbed clothing) was first used in 1852.

In a Sentence

The first poem made me smile, the second piqued my sense of fear, and the remaining had me laughing hard.

The kids’ curiosity levels were further piqued when they watched a film about other kids with paranormal capabilities.

The class tutor stormed out of the classroom in a fit of anger.


Provoke, Offense, Resentment 


Complacency, Approval


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