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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
And while having to once again cater to the Cubs' whims rankled a good part of the Milwaukee fan base, Brewers manager Craig Counsell mostly shrugged off the latest controversy.
The next coach will face the same expectations that so rankled McElwain.
The Kurdish referendum has also rankled Iran and Turkey as both have Kurdish minorities and fear the referendum could bolster claims for autonomy by militant Kurdish separatists in their regions.
The closure was praised by the nationalist Hungarian leader Viktor Orban — a point Kurz made with pride during this week’s debate — but rankled German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was pushing for a more orderly end to the crisis.
Prominent real estate agent and homebuilder trade groups are rankled and have come out with strong statements criticizing the bill.
Trinke has been dead for years, but mention of his name still rankles Brandt.
That independence has rankled Republicans and other federal agencies.
But that fake-it-till-you-make-it approach understandably rankles people like Yulín.
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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
Synonymsburn, foam, fume, rage, boil, seethe, sizzle, steam, storm
Antonymsdelight, gratify, please
Related Wordsfulminate, rant, rave; smolder (or smoulder); bristle, flare (up), inflame (also enflame); chafe, fret, stew; agitate, convulse, roil, shake
Near Antonymsallay, assuage, relieve; comfort, console, soothe; appease, conciliate, mollify, pacify, placate; calm, lull, quiet, settle; beguile, bewitch, captivate, charm, disarm, enchant
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