rank (adj.) Old form(s): rancke , ranke
foul, festering, diseased
H8 I.ii.186.2[King Henry to all, of Buckingham] What, so rank?
JC III.i.152[Antony to all] I know not ... who else is rank
RJ I.ii.50[Benvolio to Romeo] Take thou some new infection to thy eye, / And the rank poison of the old will die
Sonn.121.12[of his critics] By their rank thoughts my deeds must not be shown [also: sense 1, 7]
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