The Closing Word: Rankle

Image of Closing Word LogoThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (RANK-ull)

gnaw into; make resentful or angry

From “Rankle goes back to the French verb rancler, which comes from an old word for “festering sore,” which paints a pretty negative picture of what it means to rankle. A sore that festers gets worse and worse, or more infected, and if you rankle someone, they will get more and more angry.”

“Automatically subscribing people to your monthly real estate newsletter will only rankle them. Always send your updates to people who have specifically asked to receive them, or you will suffer their wrath.”

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