To excite a degree of anger and resentment, as in She was piqued by their refusal to attend the party; to excite interest or curiosity in; to arouse or provoke to action.
"It naturally happens this time of year that people get interested in IRAs, but [the pension legislation] certainly has piqued people's interest," says Catherine Gordon, a principal at Vanguard Group. —Jilian Mincer
“Pension Act May Pique Interest in IRAs” Wall Street Journal, February 6, 2007
Note: As a noun, pique denotes a feeling of irritation or resentment.
This dog and man at first were friends; But when a pique began, The dog, to gain some private ends, Went mad and bit the man.
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