Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Thesaurus

rankle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of rankle

  1. 1 to be excited or emotionally stirred up with anger <that kind of rude treatment from a young person makes me rankle> Synonyms burn, foam, fume, rage, boil, seethe, sizzle, steam, stormRelated Words fulminate, rant, rave; smolder (or smoulder); bristle, flare (up), inflame (also enflame); chafe, fret, stew; agitate, convulse, roil, shake

  2. 2 to make angry <it rankles me when some schools can't even afford paper and pencils for the students> Synonyms enrage, incense, inflame (also enflame), infuriate, ire, madden, outrage, anger, rile, roil, steam up, tick offRelated Words affront, aggravate, annoy, burn (up), cross, exasperate, get, huff, irritate, miff, nettle, offend, peeve, pique, provoke, put out, ruffle, vex; antagonize, embitter, envenomNear Antonyms allay, assuage, relieve; comfort, console, soothe; appease, conciliate, mollify, pacify, placate; calm, lull, quiet, settle; beguile, bewitch, captivate, charm, disarm, enchantAntonyms delight, gratify, please




Learn More about rankle


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up rankle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to lessen in amount, effect, or force

Get Word of the Day daily email!