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pique

PIQUE, n. peek. An offense taken; usually, slight anger, irritation or displeasure at persons, rather temporary than permanent, and distinguished either in degree or temporariness from settled enmity or malevolence.

Out of personal pique to those in service, he stands as a looker on, when the government is attacked.

1. A strong passion.

2. Point; nicety; punctilio.

Add long prescription of established laws,

And pique of honor to maintain a cause.

PIQUE, v.t. peek.

1. To offend; to nettle; to irritate; to sting; to fret; to excite a degree of anger. It expresses less than exasperate.

The lady was piqued by her indifference.

2. To stimulate; to excite to action; to touch with envy; jealousy or other passion.

Piqu'd by Protogenes'fame,

From Co to Rhodes Apelles came--

3. With the reciprocal pronoun, to pride or value one's self.

Men pique themselves on their skill in the learned languages.



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PIQUE, n. peek. An offense taken; usually, slight anger, irritation or displeasure at persons, rather temporary than permanent, and distinguished either in degree or temporariness from settled enmity or malevolence.

Out of personal pique to those in service, he stands as a looker on, when the government is attacked.

1. A strong passion.

2. Point; nicety; punctilio.

Add long prescription of established laws,

And pique of honor to maintain a cause.

PIQUE, v.t. peek.

1. To offend; to nettle; to irritate; to sting; to fret; to excite a degree of anger. It expresses less than exasperate.

The lady was piqued by her indifference.

2. To stimulate; to excite to action; to touch with envy; jealousy or other passion.

Piqu'd by Protogenes'fame,

From Co to Rhodes Apelles came--

3. With the reciprocal pronoun, to pride or value one's self.

Men pique themselves on their skill in the learned languages.

PIQUE, n. [peek; Fr. See Piquant.]

  1. An offense taken; usually, slight anger, irritation or displeasure at persons, rather temporary than permanent, and distinguished either in degree or temporariness from settled enmity or malevolence. Out of personal pique to those in service, he stands as a looker on, when the government is attacked. – Addison.
  2. A strong passion. – Hudibras.
  3. Point; nicety; punctilio. Add long prescription of established laws, / And pique of honor to maintain a cause. – Dryden.

PIQUE, v.t. [peek; Fr. piquer. See Piquant.]

  1. To offend; to nettle; to irritate; to sting; to fret; to excite a degree of anger. It expresses less than exasperate. The lady was piqued for her indifference. – Female Quixote.
  2. To stimulate; to excite to action; to touch with envy, jealousy or other passion. Piqu'd by Protogenes' fame, / From Co to Rhodes Apelles came. – Prior.
  3. With the reciprocal pronoun, to pride or value one's self. Men pique themselves on their skill in the learned languages. – Locke.

||Pi`qué"
  1. A cotton fabric, figured in the loom, -- used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc.
  2. The jigger. See Jigger.
  3. A feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury; irritation of the feelings, as through wounded pride; stinging vexation.

    Men take up piques and displeasures. Dr. H. More.

    Wars had arisen . . . upon a personal pique. De Quincey.

  4. To wound the pride of] to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger.

    Pique her, and soothe in turn. Byron.

  5. To cause annoyance or irritation.

    "Every (?)erse hath something in it that piques." Tatler.
  6. Keenly felt desire; a longing.

    Though it have the pique, and long,
    'Tis still for something in the wrong.
    Hudibras.

  7. To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or curiosity.

    Prior.
  8. In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.

    Syn. -- Displeasure; irritation; grudge; spite. Pique, Spite, Grudge. Pique denotes a quick and often transient sense of resentment for some supposed neglect or injury, but it is not marked by malevolence. Spite is a stronger term, denoting settled ill will or malice, with a desire to injure, as the result of extreme irritation. Grudge goes still further, denoting cherished and secret enmity, with an unforgiving spirit. A pique is usually of recent date; a grudge is that which has long subsisted; spite implies a disposition to cross or vex others.

  9. To pride or value; -- used reflexively.

    Men . . . pique themselves upon their skill. Locke.

    Syn. -- To offend; displease; irritate; provoke; fret; nettle; sting; goad; stimulate.

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Pique

PIQUE, noun peek. An offense taken; usually, slight anger, irritation or displeasure at persons, rather temporary than permanent, and distinguished either in degree or temporariness from settled enmity or malevolence.

Out of personal pique to those in service, he stands as a looker on, when the government is attacked.

1. A strong passion.

2. Point; nicety; punctilio.

Add long prescription of established laws,

And pique of honor to maintain a cause.

PIQUE, verb transitive peek.

1. To offend; to nettle; to irritate; to sting; to fret; to excite a degree of anger. It expresses less than exasperate.

The lady was piqued by her indifference.

2. To stimulate; to excite to action; to touch with envy; jealousy or other passion.

Piqu'd by Protogenes'fame,

From Co to Rhodes Apelles came--

3. With the reciprocal pronoun, to pride or value one's self.

Men pique themselves on their skill in the learned languages.

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