Peaked vs. Piqued

These two words are often confused.

PEAKED means to have reached a high point:  Recently the stock market peaked, reaching over 14,000.

PIQUED means to have stimulated interest or curiosity:  Elizabeth’s interest in all Jane Austen’s novels was piqued as soon as she read the first sentence of Pride and Prejudice.

Even though Elizabeth was wild about Jane Austen’s books, her interest wasn’t peaked, although it may have reached a peak at a certain point.

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