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English definition of “rankle”

rankle

verb [I]     /ˈræŋ.kl̩/
to make someone annoyed or angry for a long time : The unkind way in which his girlfriend left him still rankled with him long after. [+ that] It still rankles that she got promoted , and I didn't.Causing feelings of anger and displeasure
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