pique
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Part of Speech noun, verb
Origin + Etymology
Mid 16th century; French from French piquer ‘prick, irritate’
Synonyms
    1.
  • stimulate
  • arouse
  • provoke
  • awaken
  • excite
    2.
  • irritation
  • annoyance
  • resentment
  • anger
  • displeasure
  • offence
Antonyms
    1.
  • disinterest
  • turn off
    2.
  • delight
  • happiness
  • pleasure
Definition
1. stimulate interest or curiosity
2. a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, especially to one's pride
Examples
1. A) The culinary documentary has piqued my interest in cooking. B) After reading a novel set in Japan, Isla's curiosity was piqued to travel there.
2. A) Martin was filled with pique after being made fun of so he quickly exited the party. B) Jane was overwhelmed with pique when her engagement was ended publicly.
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