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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
Prominent real estate agent and homebuilder trade groups are rankled and have come out with strong statements criticizing the bill.
The next coach will face the same expectations that so rankled McElwain.
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.
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.
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 idea rankled some in the community but after a few town hall meetings the project is still on.
Party lawmakers are keenly aware that while they may be rankled by Trump’s pugnacious tweeting and his relish of a fight, the GOP base remains loyal to the president.
They have also been rankled by aspects of the 32-year-old crown prince’s reform agenda, known as Vision 2030.
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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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