Rankle Ran"kle (r[a^][ng]"k'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rankled} (-k'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rankling} (-kl[i^]ng).] [From {Rank}, a.] 1. To become, or be, rank; to grow rank or strong; to be inflamed; to fester; -- used literally and figuratively. [1913 Webster]

A malady that burns and rankles inward. --Rowe. [1913 Webster]

This would have left a rankling wound in the hearts of the people. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. To produce a festering or inflamed effect; to cause a sore; -- used literally and figuratively; as, a splinter rankles in the flesh; the words rankled in his bosom. [1913 Webster]

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  • rankle — ► VERB ▪ (of a comment or fact) cause annoyance or resentment. ORIGIN originally in the sense «fester»; from Old French rancler, from rancle festering sore …   English terms dictionary

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  • rankle — UK [ˈræŋk(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms rankle : present tense I/you/we/they rankle he/she/it rankles present participle rankling past tense rankled past participle rankled if an action rankles or rankles you, it continues… …   English dictionary

  • rankle — verb (rankled; rankling) Etymology: Middle English ranclen to fester, from Anglo French rancler, from Old French draoncler, raoncler, from draoncle, raoncle festering sore, from Medieval Latin dracunculus, from Latin, diminutive of draco serpent… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • rankle — verb /ˈræŋ.kəl/ a) To cause irritation or deep bitterness. b) To fester. Syn: embitter, irritate, fester …   Wiktionary

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