Definition of rankle:
- To become, or be, rank; to grow rank or strong; to be inflamed; to fester; - used literally and figuratively.
- To cause to fester; to make sore; to inflame.
- To produce a festering or inflamed effect; to cause a sore; - used literally and figuratively; as, a splinter rankles in the flesh; the words rankled in his bosom.
roil, fester, pain, storm, erode, nettle, steam up, gall, choke, incense, gnaw at, eat into, provoke, fray, seethe, fret, madden, niggle, lie embedded, ire, hurt, grind, scrape, sizzle, grate, rage, steam, outrage, fuss, eat away, frustrate, mortify, drive someone mad, rub, burn, foam, anger, fume, gag, scratch, rile, tick off.
- aggravate (part of speech: verb)
- "Dotty Dimple At Home", Sophie May.
I do not speak of open warfare on stricken fields, or even of pitiless slaughter wrought by those who, when their blood is hot, " do not their work negligently;" but of bitter by- blows, dealt on either side, such as humanity cannot lightly forget or forgive- of passions roused, that will rankle savagely long after this generation shall be dust.- "Border and Bastille", George A. Lawrence.
- "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.