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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 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.
Larry, a secular Jew, is especially rankled by religious piety, viewing supposedly sacred laws as silly, irrational and needlessly stigmatizing.
Many in the country are still rankled by the memories of an expensive false start in NigComSat-1, the nation’s first high-end communication satellite, which launched into orbit in collaboration with the Chinese in 2007.
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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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