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She could not understand the amount of offence which was rankling in Mary's bosom.

The skilful performance of my duty was the source of a rankling grudge.

Yet the knowledge imparted to him by the chambermaid was rankling in his mind.

THE wound which Maltravers had received was peculiarly severe and rankling.

The loss of the horse had been rankling in his heart all day.

An offence remained for ever rankling in his heart and mind.

The venom of Martha's poisoned arrows was rankling in her breast.

The poison, rankling in her veins, she knew could not be expelled by idle sophisms.

Allow me to leave this room, my dear Rankling, and I'll beg your acceptance of this one.

Pride, anger, and mortification were rankling in her breast.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to fester," from Old French rancler, earlier raoncler, draoncler "to suppurate, run," from draoncle "abscess, festering sore," from Medieval Latin dracunculus, literally "little dragon," diminutive of Latin draco "serpent, dragon" (see dragon). The notion is of an ulcer caused by a snake's bite. Meaning "cause to fester" is from c.1400. Related: Rankled; rankling.

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