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Her insults still rankle in my mind.
  to annoy or make angry — often over a long period of time
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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.
  • The injustice rankled her
  • As Kvothe spoke, his expression twisted, as if each word he spoke rankled him more and more.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • I wasn’t against the order itself, which seemed in fact a good idea, to examine the girls regularly, with an eye toward prevention (if we were truly attempting to avoid the trouble with venereal outbreaks that had debilitated whole units of the Imperial Army), but what his order rankled against, which was the very code of all our association, and community.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • She could not keep out of her voice the bitterness that had rankled all these weeks.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "Hate rankled in their breasts," he wrote his wife.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • I tried to stay calm, but the way he spat the word out—Blue—rankled my already frayed nerves.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Atticus’s remarks were still rankling, which made me miss the request in Jem’s question.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • But it rankles.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed

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  • What rankled Laila was that Mammy hadn’t earned the right to make it.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • The latter allusion struck deep, and the injury rankled.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • It would have rankled in me more than it did, if I had not regarded myself as eliciting it by being so set apart for her and assigned to her.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It was also, in my opinion, one of the things that a John Proctor would rebel against, for the time of the armed camp had almost passed, and since the country was reasonably—although not wholly—safe, the old disciplines were beginning to rankle.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It rankled to realize over and over again how much I owed Jacob when I just wanted to be mad at him.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The affair of the Dakers’ cat rankled.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Therefore I, where thou seest, am lost, and going thus robed I rankle.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Leaving this Parthian shaft to rankle in Anne’s stormy bosom, Marilla descended to the kitchen, grievously troubled in mind and vexed in soul.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • One quill he had carried away in his muzzle, where it had remained for weeks, a rankling flame, until it finally worked out.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Reb Saunders had stopped inserting deliberate errors into his Shabbat evening talks the week We had entered college, but the memory of it still rankled.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • It rankled in him, the way Dick mouthed those two words, as though they solved every problem; it was stupid not to admit that there might be a witness they hadn’t seen.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Then the language he had held to her rankled in her heart; she who was always ’love,’ and ’darling,’ and ’queen,’ and ’angel,’ with everybody at the Grange, to be insulted so shockingly by a stranger!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Some slighting phrases she had used still rankled in his memory; she had once spoken of Gretta as being country cute and that was not true of Gretta at all.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The interval was, consequently, spent in inaction; his grief only became more deep and rankling when he had leisure for reflection, and at length it took so fast hold of his mind that at the end of three months he lay on a bed of sickness, incapable of any exertion.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • His tall brothers were a grim, quiet lot, in whom the family tradition of past glories, lost forever, rankled in unspoken hate and crackled out in bitter humor.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • ’It rankled in your baby breast,’ he said.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • It is rankling, too, to be encouraged to buy all of one’s goods in white stores and then be refused soda-fountain or rest-room service.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • He was still rankling when a nurse came in.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • "Dobby," growled Harry; this injustice still rankled.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • CHORUS Rumors bred unjust suspicious and injustice rankles sore.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • ’Don’t let it rankle!
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Because Dana was under eighteen, the authorities weren’t allowed to release his name to the media—a fact that rankled Roy’s mother, who believed Dana’s mug shot should have been plastered on the front page.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • Chloe made a face at her, but it wasn’t a mean one, more just rankled irritation.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • A distinguished personage happened to visit the school that morning, and Amy’s beautifully drawn maps received praise, which honor to her foe rankled in the soul of Miss Snow, and caused Miss March to assume the airs of a studious young peacock.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Yet the knowledge imparted to him by the chambermaid was rankling in his mind.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Returning to the Varden was Eragon’s primary concern, and it rankled him to plod along like a common vagabond.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Its remembrance rankles still in the bosoms of millions of the countrymen of those brave men who lost the day.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I was proud of my sister, but that year, something began to rankle beneath the pride.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • For even that first meeting has rankled in her heart as an insult—that’s what her heart is like!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • This caused the unfortunate discovery that she had played the waiting-maid in the town of which he was Mayor to rankle in his mind yet more poisonously.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • She did not betray fully what still rankled in her mind as Tom’s great offence,—the insults he had heaped on Philip.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • The remark both humiliated and rankled her.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Maybe it rankled that Sophos was the son of a duke and he wasn’t.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • As the nurse climbed into the vehicle, she scowled back at her charges, the confrontation of the day before obviously still rankling her.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • Yet a new hate had come to take the place of the rankling racial hate.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • This injustice rankled, and at that moment I saw Dr. Kerr less as a benefactor than as a not-altogether-benign dictator.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The dimensions of the Brys’ ball-room must rankle: you may be sure she knows ’cause as well as if she’d been there last night with a yard-measure.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • He knew he had become a poor second in Lorena’s affections to the man just in front of him, and the knowledge rankled.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • The suggestion was horridly unpleasant, and it rankled in his mind so much that instead of entering his own cottage when he reached it he flung his basket inside the garden-gate and passed on, determined to go and see his old aunt and get some supper there.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
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