from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To cause persistent irritation or resentment.
- intransitive v. To become sore or inflamed; fester.
- transitive v. To embitter; irritate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause irritation or deep bitterness.
- v. To fester.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To become, or be, rank; to grow rank or strong; to be inflamed; to fester; -- used literally and figuratively.
- intransitive v. To produce a festering or inflamed effect; to cause a sore; -- used literally and figuratively
- transitive v. To cause to fester; to make sore; to inflame.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To operate rankly or with painful effect; cause inflammation or irritation; produce a festering wound: used of either physical or mental influences.
- To continue or grow rank or strong; continue to be painful or irritating; remain in an inflamed or ulcerous condition; fester, as a physical or mental wound or sore.
- To irritate; inflame; cause to fester.
- To corrode.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. gnaw into; make resentful or angry
It was some days since I had seen Philip; but, weakly enough, I let the memory of that word rankle still.
Lest that designation rankle supporters of 21-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby, whose statistical output at the top of the NHL scoring table is one point better than Ovechkin's (both trail the Penguins 'Evgeni Malkin, another 22-year-old prodigy), the point still holds: In a rink where the wall in the home dressing room reads "from failing hands we throw the torch," the league's standard has been handed to a new generation.
Spain are in no need of compliments but it was still a tribute to them that England's prolonged defending did not rankle with the fans.
This strange division of labour could be irksome, as both men sometimes found, but they did not let it rankle.
Ratner, now 42, is almost as famous for his parties as he is for his career, another thing that seems to rankle his critics, but he insists he only ever wanted to be a film-maker; the money and women merely accompanied the success.
Deals like the one he got rankle Californians at a time when the state's public employee pension plans are "dangerously underfunded, the result of overly generous benefit promises, wishful thinking and an unwillingness to plan prudently," a government-appointed panel of experts, the Little Hoover Commission, warned last month.
If true, that suggests a convenient contrivance so that Pakistan could avoid ownership of an operation certain to rankle with the notoriously anti-American public.
For agnostics like me, this is the good news -- however it may rankle true believers.
The loss of Oscar must still rankle discerning moviegoers.
Guys like that rankle my fur like few other things
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