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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.]
(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]
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]
Past participle: rankled
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|Verb||1.||rankle - gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The injustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered"|