One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he left in a fit of pique’
irritation, annoyance, resentment, anger, displeasure, indignation, temper, bad temper, hurt pride, wounded pride, hurt feelings, wounded feelings, petulance, ill humour, peevishness, offence, umbrage, vexation, exasperation, disgruntlement, discontent, discontentment
1‘his scientific curiosity was piqued’
stimulate, arouse, rouse, provoke, whet, awaken, excite, kindle, stir, spur, intrigue, galvanize
2‘she was piqued by Stephen's neglect of her’
irritate, annoy, bother, vex, provoke, displease, upset, offend, affront, anger, exasperate, infuriate, gall, irk, get someone's back up, disgruntle, nettle, needle, ruffle, get on someone's nerves, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, rub up the wrong way
informal peeve, aggravate, miff, rile, get, get to, bug, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, hack off, get someone's goat, wind up
British informal nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, get across
North American informal tick off, rankle, ride, gravel, bum out
NZ informal rark
vulgar slang piss off
rare exacerbate, hump, rasp
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