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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
There are some provisions that are sure to rankle labor advocates.
Mayor Michael Summers introduced the bill that eliminates the city's current ban on specific dogs, but creates new regulations that rankled critics who said the legislation reeks of breed-specific discrimination.
The Times had a previous Nixon-era scoop with the publication of the Pentagon Papers, and many at the paper are rankled that the movie on the subject is about Katharine Graham and the Post, and not their institution.
But other parts of the deal, such as the community service organization's request to erect a plaque bearing the names of current Jaycee officers and directors, rankled council members and will have to be negotiated.
His push to improve clinical care required a cultural change among medical providers and might have rankled some.
More First Drive stories: All those features could rankle hard-core Wrangler fans, who consider themselves the guardians of Jeep’s heritage and core values.
Such dissent within the Senate has rankled the White House, which hasn’t been coy about its frustrations with the upper chamber.
That philosophy has rankled NATO allies, upended trade deals and pulled the world's second largest carbon polluter out of the Paris climate agreement.
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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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