Definition of Rankle

1. Verb. Gnaw into; make resentful or angry. "The bad news will rankle him"; "His resentment festered"

Exact synonyms: Eat Into, Fret, Grate
Generic synonyms: Annoy, Bother, Chafe, Devil, Get At, Get To, Gravel, Irritate, Nark, Nettle, Rag, Rile, Vex



Definition of Rankle

1. v. i. To become, or be, rank; to grow rank or strong; to be inflamed; to fester; -- used literally and figuratively.

2. v. t. To cause to fester; to make sore; to inflame.

Definition of Rankle

1. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To cause irritation or deep bitterness. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To fester. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rankle

1. to cause irritation or resentment in [v -KLED, -KLING, -KLES]

Medical Definition of Rankle

1. 1. To become, or be, rank; to grow rank or strong; to be inflamed; to fester; used literally and figuratively. "A malady that burns and rankles inward." (Rowe) "This would have left a rankling wound in the hearts of the people." (Burke) 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. Origin: From Rank. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rankle

rankachite
rankamaite
ranke
ranked
ranker
rankers
rankes
rankest
ranking
ranking(a)
rankings
rankinite
rankish
rankism
rankisms
rankle (current term)
rankled
ranklement
rankles
rankless
rankling
ranklingly
rankly
rankness
ranknesses
ranks
rankshift
rankshifted
rankshifting
rankshifts

Literary usage of Rankle

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1. The Monthly Review by Ralph Griffiths (1792)
"... with peculiar felicity in the following lines : No deeds nefarious rankle in my brean. ' Pleas'd with my lot, and freedom for a ..."

2. History of the Second War Between the United States of America and Great by Charles Jared Ingersoll (1852)
"Although inextinguishable aversion to England may still rankle in the bosoms of a portion of the American population, a great majority of the best yearn ..."

3. Trial of Aaron Burr for Treason: Printed from the Report Taken in Short Hand by Aaron Burr, David Robertson (1875)
"Mr. Wirt began by saying that he would not plant a thorn in his own heart to rankle there for life by assisting in an unjust prosecution. ..."

4. A Dictionary for Primary Schools by Noah Webster (1838)
"... n. heat, warmth of mind. [out letters. Fes'-eue, я. a wire to point Fes'-tal, a. relating to a feast. Fes'-ter, vi to rankle. ..."

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