When you say something to someone that you know will cause upset and anger, this is an example of a time when you rankle someone.
She rankled at what she considered to be unfair criticism.
A wound that rankled.
Their indifference rankled him.
He was rankled by his rival's sudden success.
Origin of rankle
- Middle English ranclen from Old French rancler alteration of draoncler from draoncle festering sore, ulcer from Medieval Latin dracunculus from diminutive of dracō dracōn- serpent, dragon (probably in reference to the fiery red color and pain of a sore) from Latin serpent, fabulous serpentine beast dragon
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition