Believe me, they are deep and cankering when I think of Burton, not for myself, but another.
It had been, for more than two years, cankering the public mind.
Such a relief is physical danger to the slow and cankering disease of a despairing heart!
His unfailing courage and good sense won fights that the incompetency or cankering jealousy of commanders had lost.
But he no longer felt that cankering animosity towards authority.
It was a few months after we left this country—I to forget in travel my cankering sorrows, she to companion my wanderings.
The tree cannot come to flower till its root be free from the cankering worm, and its whole growth open to air and light.
Avert the thought of it, and half a loaf will keep alive longer than a whole one, eaten together with cankering care.
late Old English cancer "spreading ulcer, cancerous tumor," from Latin cancer "malignant tumor," literally "crab" (see cancer); influenced in Middle English by Old North French cancre "canker, sore, abscess" (Old French chancre, Modern French chancre). The word was the common one for "cancer" until c.1700. Also used since 15c. of caterpillars and insect larvae that eat plant buds and leaves. As a verb from late 14c. Related: Cankered; cankerous. Canker blossom is recorded from 1580s.
canker can·ker (kāng'kər)
Ulceration of the mouth and lips.
An acute inflammation or infection of the ear and auditory canal, especially in dogs and cats.