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Definition of "pique" [pique]

  • A state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride. (noun)
  • To cause to feel resentment or indignation. (verb-transitive)
  • To provoke; arouse: The portrait piqued her curiosity. (verb-transitive)
  • To pride (oneself): He piqued himself on his stylish attire. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pique" in a sentence
  • "As to ----, your doing anything in 'pique' is quite unworthy of you, and it only recoils on yourself; the harder we strike, whether in revenge or justice, it comes back upon ourselves with far more pain than we have wished to inflict."
  • "These are nasty birds and pique is too delicate a word to describe what burns inside them."
  • "Holding that kind of work up out of pique is really and truly outrageous and deserves to be described as such unleavened by strained efforts to hit both sides."