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rankle (verb) hurt for a long time.

If something rankles you, you remember it for a long time because it has hurt you a lot. The insult that others have put you to rankles you if you cannot forget it for a long time, and continue to feel offended. Someone's bad comments rankle you if they hurt you for a long time.

  • The way his friend has cheated him still rankled him for years. He never thought that the one who he considered his dearest friend would cheat him.
  • The boss's comments about his inefficiency rankled him years after he left the organization. He could never forget them, and felt hurt whenever he remembered them.
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