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Examples of rankle in a Sentence
The joke about her family rankled her.
that kind of rude treatment from a young person makes me rankle
Recent Examples of rankle from the Web
The University of Washington athletics department rankled some of the die-hards in its fan base in 2008.
McNair’s views rankled some other owners, especially those from smaller markets who believed his proposals didn’t treat those franchises fairly.
That false perception is one thing that rankled him as a member of Bon Jovi, and may have been part of his decision to go it alone, and the same for Orianthi, who chose to step away from being a musical sidekick, for lack of a better word.
The characterization rankled those who had been working on talks.
Some histories hold that the Chachapoya, still rankled over their defeat and at least partial displacement, lent a hand to the Spanish in their conquest of the Inca.
The proposed tariff has rankled allies and shaken economic and security relationships around the globe.
The limitation on mound visits will rankle some, as the players had also fought against that, but that’s no serious loss.
Comey groomed him for senior leadership from a young age, rankling some agents who saw him as too academic and not enough of a traditional crime-fighter.
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The Connection Between rankle and Dragon
The history of today's word is something of a sore subject. When rankle was first used in English, it meant "to fester," and that meaning is linked to the word's Old French ancestor—the noun raoncle or draoncle, which meant "festering sore." Etymologists think this Old French word was derived from the Latin dracunculus, a diminutive form of draco, which means "serpent" and which is the source of the English word dragon. The transition from serpents to sores apparently occurred because people thought certain ulcers or tumors looked like small serpents.
Origin and Etymology of rankle
get one's goat, rub the wrong way;
RANKLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rankle for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to feel angry or irritated especially for a long time
RANKLE Defined for Kids
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