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 for rankle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rankle \Ran"kle\ (r[a^][ng]"k'l), v. t.
     To cause to fester; to make sore; to inflame. [R.] --Beau. &
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rankle \Ran"kle\ (r[a^][ng]"k'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rankled
     (-k'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Rankling (-kl[i^]ng).] [From
     Rank, a.]
     1. To become, or be, rank; to grow rank or strong; to be
        inflamed; to fester; -- used literally and figuratively.
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              A malady that burns and rankles inward. --Rowe.
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              This would have left a rankling wound in the hearts
              of the people.                        --Burke.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The injustice rankled
           her"; "his resentment festered" [syn: eat into, fret,
           rankle, grate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  108 Moby Thesaurus words for "rankle":
     afflict, aggravate, agonize, ail, anger, annoy, arouse,
     be remembered, bite, bother, break up, bristle, burn, canker,
     chafe, convulse, corrupt, crucify, crumble, crumble into dust, cut,
     decay, decompose, disintegrate, distress, embitter, exasperate,
     excruciate, fall into decay, fall to pieces, fester, fret, gall,
     gangrene, get to, give pain, gnaw, go bad, go to pieces, grate,
     grind, gripe, harass, harrow, huff, hurt, incense, inflame,
     inflict pain, irk, irritate, kill by inches, lacerate,
     make an impression, martyr, martyrize, matter, miff, mildew, mold,
     molder, mortify, necrose, nettle, never be forgotten, nip, obsess,
     pain, peeve, penetrate, pierce, pinch, pique, plague, prick,
     prolong the agony, provoke, put to torture, putrefy, putresce,
     rack, rasp, rile, ripen, roil, rot, rub, ruffle, run, set up,
     sink in, sphacelate, spoil, stab, sting, stir the blood, stir up,
     suppurate, torment, torture, tweak, twist, upset, vex, weep,
     work up, wound, wring

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