rankling discontent, especially from envy or jealousy; grudge.

Origin of heartburning

First recorded in 1505–15; heart + burning
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Examples from the Web for heartburning

Historical Examples of heartburning

  • So passed a year, full of anxiety and heartburning for them, full of the sweetest happiness for me.

    The Making of a Saint

    William Somerset Maugham

  • But it's best to settle afore commencing, and then we needn't have no heartburning.

    Miss Marjoribanks

    Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant

  • No good can result from it; but, perhaps, for all parties a great deal of heartburning and pain.

    The Sapphire Cross

    George Manville Fenn

  • There is one custom which is often the cause of a great deal of heartburning, even as it was in the days of Haman and Mordecai.

  • In the following pages is the Courant confession of Burke, about which there was so much difficulty and heartburning.