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v. ran·kled, ran·kling, ran·kles
1. To cause persistent irritation or resentment: "Although Johnson's assertion of raw power rankled at the time, Mitchell had come to appreciate its simple logic" (Nick Kotz).
2. To feel or express irritation or resentment about something: She rankled at what she considered to be unfair criticism.
3. To become sore or inflamed; fester: a wound that rankled.
To cause (someone) to feel irritated or resentful: He was rankled by his rival's sudden success.
[Middle English ranclen, from Old French raoncler, rancler, alteration of draoncler, from draoncle, festering sore, ulcer, from Medieval Latin dracunculus, from diminutive of dracō, dracōn-, serpent, dragon (in reference to the fiery red color and pain of a sore or to the irregular shape of some festering sores), from Latin, serpent, fabulous serpentine beast; see dragon.]
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(intr) to cause severe and continuous irritation, anger, or bitterness; fester: his failure to win still rankles.
[C14 ranclen, from Old French draoncler to fester, from draoncle ulcer, from Latin dracunculus small serpent, from dracō serpent; see dragon]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
v. -kled, -kling. v.i.
1. (of feelings, experiences, etc.) to continue to irritate or cause bitter resentment.v.t.
2. to cause (a person) keen irritation or bitter resentment.
[1250–1300; ranclen < Middle French rancler, Old French raoncler, variant of draoncler to fester, derivative of draoncle a sore < Late Latin dracunculus small serpent, diminutive of Latin dracō serpent; see dragon, carbuncle]
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Past participle: rankled
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|Verb||1.||rankle - gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The injustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered"|
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verb annoy, anger, irritate, gall, fester, embitter, chafe, irk, rile, get on your nerves (informal), piss you off (taboo slang), get your goat (slang) The only thing that rankles me is what she says about Ireland.
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rankle[ˈræŋkl] VI → doler
the fact that he won still rankles with me → todavía me duele or me molesta el hecho de que él haya ganado
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
rankle[ˈræŋkəl] vi [insult] → rester en travers de la gorge
it still rankles → cela reste encore en travers de la gorge
to rankle with sb
His behaviour rankles with me still → Sa conduite me reste encore en travers de la gorge.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
rankle[ˈræŋkl] vi to rankle (with sb) → bruciare (a qn)
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995