Yes, he had pushed for greater openness and debate in Libya, but at least twice renounced politics in convenient fits of pique.
But like the committee hearing, it was just a nasty show of pique.
The pique will fade in time, but it will inhibit diplomacy for a while.
This loud display of pique lasted about a week before Fallin quietly reversed herself.
Except for a bit of petulance directed toward Stephanopoulos and a bit of pique directed at Huntsman, Romney maintained his cool.
When you married Reginald Maitland, it was not because you loved him, but to gratify a feeling of pique.
"Evidently your mother does not think so," Murat replied, with pique.
But whoever delineates so must suffer no distorting tints of pique, or spite, or prejudice on his palate.
Molly, with a little movement of pique, rose abruptly from her seat.
Was it because Creighton had gone off with her money, or was it pique because Mrs. Barry had, perhaps, won him?
"to excite to anger," 1670s, from French piquer "to prick, sting" (see pike (n.2)). Softened meaning "to stimulate, excite" is from 1690s. Related: Piqued; piquing.
A picture, and later esp a movie; flick: Raft's next pic (1884+)