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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 manner in which the academy has expanded its ranks has rankled some members.
The amped up data-tracking has rankled some customers, who worry that even anonymized readership habits, if shared with other clients, could allow rivals to get ahead of their trades.
The use of test scores has rankled some Alliance teachers, who say the exams were not designed for this purpose.
Parscale has rankled Trump advisers by giving the president a perpetually rosy assessment of his poll numbers.
Alves was allowed to depart Barcelona with minimal fanfare on a free transfer, despite having another year to run on his contract, something that apparently still rankles with the defender.
Lamont’s running mate choice of Bysiewicz, the state’s top election official from 1999 to 2011 who is white, rankled many Democrats.
The Ramadan changes have rankled some local Muslims.
Trump’s designation of Ottawa — one of America’s staunchest allies and its largest trading partner — as a national security threat rankled officials here.
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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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