rankle

Part of speech: verb

To cause lingering distress; inflame; fester.

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Usage examples "rankle":

  1. He realised the boundless faith he had given to this woman who had betrayed him; he recollected the many proofs she had given him of her love; he drew upon the store of his past happiness and tortured himself with visions of what could never be again; he called up in fancy Corona's face when he had led her to the altar and the very look in her eyes was again upon him; he remembered that day more than two years ago when, upon the highest tower of Saracinesca, he had asked her to be his wife, and he knew not whether he desired to burn the memory of that first embrace from his heart, or to dwell upon the sweet recollection of that moment and suffer the wound of to- day to rankle more hotly by the horror of the comparison. - "Sant' Ilario", F. Marion Crawford.
  2. Poor old boy, it seems to rankle! - "The Head Girl at the Gables", Angela Brazil.
  3. The rebuff he had got did not rankle much, and was rather provocative than daunting, but he understood why she had told him he made her cheap. - "The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest", Harold Bindloss.