Meaning of rankle

ran•kle

Pronunciation: (rang'kul), [key]
— v., -kled, -kling.
—v.i.
  1. (of unpleasant feelings, experiences, etc.) to continue to cause keen irritation or bitter resentment within the mind; fester; be painful.
—v.t.
  1. to cause keen irritation or bitter resentment in: His colleague's harsh criticism rankled him for days.
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