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verb as in annoy, irritate

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That fact rankles Campagnoni, whose rent is almost 50% higher in his new room in a downtown apartment building.

Their home is a jaw-dropping luxury loft that she pays for, and Abdul-Mateen conveys, subtly, how this rankles Anthony’s masculine pride.

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She was also tasked with taking over Nichols’s Finals hosting duties in the bubble, which appeared to rankle Nichols.

The fact that his success grows with no apparent effort on his part rankles others.

Andrew Johnson was ill-suited for the moment, setting off a Reconstruction process that would rankle many Northern veterans who wondered what they had fought for.

“Operation Fast and Furious” continues to rankle some Republicans.

Newcomers may rankle you at first, but these may be false starts to lifelong bonds.

As prickly as these issues are, others rankle at least as much.

Sibley heard a low, poisonous laugh of triumph rankle through the hotel office.

She had a high temper herself; but anger did not rankle in her heart for days and days, as it did in Johnny's.

Majuba Hill was made to rankle in the memory of the English people by a persistent press campaign.

Nevertheless, it can do no harm to say that kind words never rankle, while bitter words do.

Deeply in their bosoms rankle wrongs and insults we have given, Blood alone can wash it, Kripa, such the cruel will of Heaven!


On this page you'll find 49 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to rankle, such as: anger, bother, embitter, exasperate, gall, and harass.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.