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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
But the remarks still rankled in Pyongyang, and spoke to an apparent lack of understanding by Trump and those around him of North Korea's intentions going into the Singapore summit.
These moves have rankled scanner enthusiasts who range from people curious about police activity in their neighborhood to modern-day Weegees, the New York City freelance photographer known for his raw crime-scene photos.
The circulation of bland job titles and favorable stories, in the absence of any information about intelligence misjudgments or operations gone wrong, has rankled critics who say the CIA has mounted a propaganda operation to boost Haspel's chances.
While the administration’s America First approach rankled other nations, Mnuchin did announce a change in position with the World Bank, one of several multilateral institutions that Trump officials have criticized in the past.
Studesville, whose firing rankled running back C.J. Anderson and other Broncos, is interviewing for the Giants' head coaching job Thursday.
Kardashian, 37, also rankled followers who accused her of promoting eating disorders.
There was a reason for Summer’s coronation as the disco queen, however much the moniker came to rankle.
Sessions’s recusal from the Russia probe has continued to rankle the president, according to administration officials, and the attorney general has become embroiled in other internal battles in recent months.
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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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