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1. 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)

2. Keenly felt desire; a longing. Though it have the pique, and long, 'Tis still for something in the wrong. (Hudibras)

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

Synonym: 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.

Origin: F, fr. Piquer. See Pike.

(Science: zoology) The jigger. See Jigger.