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synonyms for rankle

  • anger
  • bother
  • embitter
  • exasperate
  • gall
  • harass
  • hurt
  • inflame
  • irk
  • rile
  • torment
  • vex
  • aggravate
  • chafe
  • fester
  • fret
  • mortify
  • nettle
  • obsess
  • pain
  • pester
  • plague
  • get one's goat
See also synonyms for: rankling
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antonyms for rankle

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  • aid
  • assist
  • calm
  • comfort
  • delight
  • help
  • make happy
  • pacify
  • placate
  • please
  • soothe
  • appease
  • mollify
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How to use rankle in a sentence

She was also tasked with taking over Nichols’s Finals hosting duties in the bubble, which appeared to rankle Nichols.
RACHEL NICHOLS IS BACK ON THE AIR, BUT THE FALLOUT AT ESPN IS JUST BEGINNINGBEN STRAUSSJULY 8, 2021WASHINGTON POST
The fact that his success grows with no apparent effort on his part rankles others.
BOB BAFFERT, LONG HORSE RACING’S IRREVERENT KING, SITS ON A PRECARIOUS THRONECHUCK CULPEPPER, GUS GARCIA-ROBERTSMAY 14, 2021WASHINGTON POST
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.
THE FUTURE IN AFGHANISTAN MAY BE KEY TO THE WELL-BEING OF AMERICA’S SOLDIERSDILLON CARROLLMAY 6, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Sibley heard a low, poisonous laugh of triumph rankle through the hotel office.
YOU NEVER KNOW YOUR LUCK, COMPLETEGILBERT PARKER
She had a high temper herself; but anger did not rankle in her heart for days and days, as it did in Johnny's.
DOTTY DIMPLE AT HOMESOPHIE MAY
Majuba Hill was made to rankle in the memory of the English people by a persistent press campaign.
THE OUTLINE OF HISTORY: BEING A PLAIN HISTORY OF LIFE AND MANKINDHERBERT GEORGE WELLS
Nevertheless, it can do no harm to say that kind words never rankle, while bitter words do.
THE DEERSLAYERJAMES FENIMORE COOPER
Deeply in their bosoms rankle wrongs and insults we have given, Blood alone can wash it, Kripa, such the cruel will of Heaven!
MAHA-BHARATAANONYMOUS
The points that rankle are artificiality and lack of a history.
INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGEWALTER J. CLARK
She was so happy that no sense of injury could possibly rankle within her.
THE COPY-CAT AND OTHER STORIESMARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN
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