Vocabulary: pique

Title: Nowhere to Run
Author: C.J. Box
Sentence: There were so many dead, flat rabbits on this stretch of road that the asphalt looked cottony in places, as if the rabbits had been violently hurled down to the pavement from the sky in a fit of pique.
Page: 263

Word: pique
  • noun: A state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride
  • verb: To cause to feel resentment or indignation.
  • verb: To provoke; arouse: The portrait piqued her curiosity.
  • verb: To pride (oneself): He piqued himself on his stylish attire.
   Source: FreeDictionary.com

I have used the word in its verb form, but never seen it used as a noun.

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