rile

[rahyl]
verb (used with object), riled, riling. Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S.
1.
to irritate or vex.
2.
to roil (water or the like).

Origin:
1815–25; variant of roil


1. irk, annoy, provoke, chafe, nettle.
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rile (raɪl)
 
vb
1.  to annoy or anger; irritate
2.  (US), (Canadian) to stir up or agitate (water, etc); roil or make turbid
 
[C19: variant of roil]

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rile
1825, Amer.Eng. spelling alteration to reflect a dialectal pronunciation of roil (q.v.); cf. heist from hoist.
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Example sentences
The broadcasts not only rile dictators, but comfort their beleaguered opponents.
When you're running for office, you want to inspire and rile people up.
The usual tactic is to rile dissenters hoping that their retaliatory replies
  will be censored.
It certainly must have made it harder to rile different factions into applause
  etc.
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