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rankle

[rang-kuh l] /ˈræŋ kəl/
verb (used without object), rankled, rankling.
1.
(of unpleasant feelings, experiences, etc.) to continue to cause keen irritation or bitter resentment within the mind; fester; be painful.
verb (used with object), rankled, rankling.
2.
to cause keen irritation or bitter resentment in:
His colleague's harsh criticism rankled him for days.
Origin of rankle
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English ranclen < Middle French rancler, Old French raoncler, variant of draoncler to fester, derivative of draoncle a sore < Late Latin dracunculus small serpent, diminutive of Latin dracō serpent; see dragon, carbuncle
Related forms
ranklingly, adverb
unrankled, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. irritate, gall, chafe.
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  • The thing that rankled and filled him with a sense of failure was Max Wilson's attitude.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • After that more than ever rankled the memory of that first morning.

  • That same book,—how it rankled, like a barbed arrow, in his side!

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • The thought that a man whom he had befriended was opposing him rankled deeply.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • She could not apologise to him after hearing the accusation which rankled in his bosom.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for rankled

rankle

/ˈræŋkəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to cause severe and continuous irritation, anger, or bitterness; fester: his failure to win still rankles
Word Origin
C14 ranclen, from Old French draoncler to fester, from draoncle ulcer, from Latin dracunculus small serpent, from dracō serpent; see dragon
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Word Origin and History for rankled

rankle

v.

c.1300, "to fester," from Old French rancler, earlier raoncler, draoncler "to suppurate, run," from draoncle "abscess, festering sore," from Medieval Latin dracunculus, literally "little dragon," diminutive of Latin draco "serpent, dragon" (see dragon). The notion is of an ulcer caused by a snake's bite. Meaning "cause to fester" is from c.1400. Related: Rankled; rankling.

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