[Origin 1532 - fit of ill feeling from Middle French 'pique' - a prick, sting, irritation, from Old French 'pike'. The verb, in the sense of to excite to anger is attested from 1671.]

tr. v.
To affect with sharp irritation and resentment, especially by some wound to pride.
2. To wound (the pride, vanity, etc.).
3. To excite (interest, curiosity, etc.).
4. To arouse an emotion or provoke to action.
5. [archaic] To pride (oneself) (usually followed by on or upon).

intr. v.
To arouse pique in someone.

A feeling of irritation or resentment, as from a wound to pride or self-esteem: to be in a pique.
8. [obsolete] A state of irritated feeling between persons.
9. Keenly felt desire; a longing.

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