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Word: pique

Definition: irritation; resentment from wounded pride (eg. loss in a contest); V: provoke; arouse; annoy; cause to feel resentment; Ex. pique her curiosity


Sentences Containing 'pique'

I, sirs, for my sins have studied canon law at Salamanca, and I rather pique myself on expressing my meaning in clear, plain, and intelligible language."
In 1974, he began to rework his novel "Voleur", apparently from memory, as he had—in a fit of pique—burned the manuscript when he was 17.
In the "Grand Pas d'action" of the ballet's second act she demonstrated her phenomenal technique - next to her flawless placement and perfection of "port de bras" she performed pique turns with quadruple and quintuple pirouettes "en pointe", accented with double turns no less than four times in a row - a feat even modern-day Ballerinas have difficulty achieving.
She has also appeared in most of the world's other great opera houses, including Zürich, Amsterdam, Glyndebourne, London, Paris, San Francisco, New York and Chicago in such roles as Leonore, Sieglinde and Brünnhilde in "Die Walküre", Isolde, The Dyer's Wife in "Die Frau ohne Schatten", Clytemnestra in "Elektra", Kabanicha in "Káťa Kabanová", The Countess in "Pique Dame", and Larina in "Eugen Onegin".
With them he was on stage performing as a soloist in La Boheme and Pique Dame, among other performances.

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::: abominable - detestable; extremely unpleasant
::: clangor - loud resounding noise; sound of repeated clanging
::: missive - letter; written statement; CF. sent
::: presume - take for granted; assume; act overconfidently; take liberties; presume on/upon: take unfair advantage of (someone's kindness or connection); N. presumption
::: agility - nimbleness; ability to move quickly
::: fallacious - false; based on a fallacy; misleading; N. fallacy: false idea or notion; false reasoning; Ex. popular fallacy; Ex. fallacy of the argument
::: masticate - chew
::: tantalize - tease; excite by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach; torture with disappointment; CF. Tantalus: Greek mythological figure
::: conformist - person who uncritically conforms to the customs of a group; OP. nonconformist: one who does not conform to accepted beliefs of norms