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A state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride.
tr.v. piqued, piqu·ing, piques
1. To cause to feel resentment or indignation.
2. To provoke; arouse: The portrait piqued her curiosity.
3. To pride (oneself): He piqued himself on his stylish attire.
[French, a prick, irritation, from Old French, from piquer, to prick, from Vulgar Latin *piccāre, ultimately of imitative origin.]
A tightly woven fabric with various raised patterns, produced especially by a double warp.
[French, past participle of piquer, to quilt, from Old French, to backstitch, prick; see pique.]
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resentful or irritated; annoyed
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