Rankle

Definition of Rankle

Ran´kle   Pronunciation: răņ´k'l
v. i.1.To become, or be, rank; to grow rank or strong; to be inflamed; to fester; - used literally and figuratively.
[imp. & p. p. Rankled (-k'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Rankling (-klĭng).]
A malady that burns and rankles inward.
- Rowe.
This would have left a rankling wound in the hearts of the people.
- Burke.
2.To produce a festering or inflamed effect; to cause a sore; - used literally and figuratively; as, a splinter rankles in the flesh; the words rankled in his bosom.
v. t.1.To cause to fester; to make sore; to inflame.

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