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Definition to annoy or make angry — often over a long period of time
  • 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
  • Atticus's remarks were still rankling, which made me miss the request in Jem's question.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • rankling = causing annoyance
  • Chloe made a face at her, but it wasn't a mean one, more just rankled irritation.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Yet a new hate had come to take the place of the rankling racial hate.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • I tried to stay calm, but the way he spat the word out—Blue—rankled my already frayed nerves.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • The memory of Fair Isle still rankled in the iron captain's memory.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Now, I like war, and I love doing my job, but it rankled me that the Navy wasn't keeping its word.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Nevertheless, it can do no harm to say that kind words never rankle, while bitter words do.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Why do you always act like God Almighty," he continued with rankling bitterness.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Therefore I, where thou seest, am lost, and going thus robed I rankle.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • 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
  • This affront of Cleve's would rankle in him.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • He was still rankling when a nurse came in.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • The latter allusion struck deep, and the injury rankled.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • But thet low-down trick rankled in my breast.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • That taunt about the whip still rankled.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Max had done some good since he'd arrived in Blys, but he was no closer to vengeance, and the point rankled whenever he weighed his father's razor.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • 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

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