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pique

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of pique

  1. the feeling of being offended or resentful after a slight or indignity <in a fit of pique she posted embarrassing photos of her ex-boyfriend on the Internet> Synonyms dudgeon, huff, miff, offense (or offence), peeve, resentment, umbrage Related Words aggravation, anger, annoyance, bother, botheration, discomfort, exasperation, frustration, grief, irritation, vexation; agitation, angriness, displeasure, distress, disturbance, indignation, irateness, ire, outrage, perturbation, upset; dander, temper; fit, pet, pouts, sulk(s), tantrum, tizzy; affront, barb, brickbat, dig, indignity, insult, put-down, slap, slight, slur Near Antonyms satisfaction; appeasement, mollification, pacification; contentment, delight, gratification, happiness, pleasure


pique

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of pique

  1. 1 to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts <her seat companion piqued her by repeatedly poking her in the ribs> Synonyms aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, eat, exasperate, frost, gall, get, grate, gripe, hack (off), irk, itch, nark [British], nettle, peeve, persecute, irritate, put out, rasp, rile, ruffle, spite, vexRelated Words hassle, heckle; nag; inflame (also enflame), provoke, rouse; badger, bait, bullyrag (also ballyrag), devil, hagride, harass, harry, pester, plague, tease; anger, antagonize, enrage, incense, infuriate, madden, rankle, roil; agitate, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, exercise, freak (out), fret, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, miff, offend, outrageNear Antonyms appease, conciliate, mollify, oblige, pacify, placate, propitiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy; assure, cheer, comfort, console, content, quiet, reassure, solace, soothe

  2. 2 to rouse to strong feeling or action <their sarcastic comments piqued him to respond in kind> Synonyms arouse, encourage, excite, fire (up), impassion, incite, instigate, move, provoke, rev (up), spark, stimulate, stirRelated Words fan, ignite, inflame (also enflame), kindle, trigger; activate, animate, drive, energize, galvanize, induce, inspire, key (up), motivate, motive, pump up, quicken, set off, vitalize; abet, ferment, foment, raise, whip (up); anger, enrage, madden, upset; jeer, taunt, tease; aggravate, annoy, bother, exasperate, gall, get, irritate, vexNear Antonyms calm, soothe, subdue, tranquilize (also tranquillize); appease, mollify, pacify, placate

  3. 3 to think highly of (oneself) <she piques herself on her considerable musical abilities> Synonyms flatter, pride, plumeRelated Words boast, brag, crow, gasconade, swagger, swank, swash, vapor, vaunt; congratulate, felicitate


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