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pique (verb) upset or irritate.

If someoneís behavior piques you, it annoys you, it upsets you. Someone not showing you the respect you deserve piques you; that is, it irritates you or annoys you. If you do not get the promotion you feel you deserve, you are piqued.

  • The hostís showing more respect to the other guests and ignoring her piqued her very much and she left the place in a fit of anger.
  • His not being nominated as the partyís candidate for the election piqued him and in great anger he resigned from the party.
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