Pique – 1. A feeling of anger caused by someone damaging your pride
2. To excite or cause interest
To remember the definition of the word pique, use the following mnemonic:
I peeked (pique) because I thought it would be interesting but I then felt anger and a loss of pride when I saw what my son was doing.
Examples of pique in a sentence (a feeling of anger caused by someone damaging your pride)
Mimi had gotten over her pique at Susan's refusal to accept her help.
She'd lied about it out of pique.
He stormed out in a fit of pique.
Examples of pique in a sentence (to excite or cause interest)
Hopefully, the movie trailer will pique the interest of moviegoers and motivate them to buy tickets to see the film.
Her scientific curiosity piqued.
His interest was piqued.