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rankle
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The Scarlet Letter
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pearl felt the sentiment, and requited it with the bitterest hatred that can be supposed to rankle in a childish bosom.
  • You burrow and rankle in his heart!

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  • Her insults still rankle in my mind.
  • Administrators are rankled by the drop in their school’s ranking in US News.

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