1. To become, or be, rank; to grow rank or strong; to be inflamed; to fester; used literally and figuratively. "A malady that burns and rankles inward." (Rowe) "This would have left a rankling wound in the hearts of the people." (Burke)

2. 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.

Origin: From Rank.

(01 Mar 1998)

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