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Definitionto annoy or make angry — often over a long period of time
- In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvellous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (60% in)
- But she has no great tenderness even in her best of moods, and, sooner or later—oftener soon than late—is apt to fling off her nestlings with a scratch of her claw, a dab of her beak, or a rankling wound from her barbed arrows.Introductory (6% in)
- Pearl felt the sentiment, and requited it with the bitterest hatred that can be supposed to rankle in a childish bosom.Chapter 6 -- Pearl (55% in)
- You burrow and rankle in his heart!Chapter 14 -- Hester and the Physician (43% in)
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