How can one word be so versatile?


Question_markHow can one word be so versatile? Here’s something that may pique your interest!

pique (a verb) (pronounced: peek)
1. to affect with sharp irritation and resentment, especially by some wound to pride: “She was greatly piqued when they refused her invitation.”

2. to wound (the pride, vanity, etc.).

How to...A-Z book cover3. to excite (interest, curiosity, etc.): “Her curiosity was piqued by the book she read.”
4. to arouse an emotion or provoke to action: to pique someone to answer a challenge.

5. Archaic. to pride (oneself) (usually followed by on or upon).

6. to arouse pique in someone: an action that piqued when it was meant to soothe.

Used as a noun
7. a feeling of irritation or resentment, as from a wound to pride or self-esteem: to be in a pique.
8. Obsolete. a state of irritated feeling between persons.

Pick axeEtymology: Used since 1525-35; < Middle French: pique (noun), piquer (v.)/ Latin: *piccare (to pick) 1. see pickax, pike;      2. piqué>

Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pique

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