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RANK. The order or place in which certain officers are placed in the army and navy, in relation to others, is called their rank.
     2. It is a maxim, that officers of, an inferior rank are bound to obey all the lawful commands of their superiors, and are justified for such obedience.

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All of this is the rankest sort of partisan Beltway gamesmanship, all the worse because it is rooted in racial politics.
It is the rankest example of Whitehall London-bias you will ever see and the tragic news is that there is absolutely nothing we can do about it.
Is it not also the truth that anyone who, like Massoud (or Osama bin Laden, for that matter), came out of an honor culture would regard such a sorry record of non-response towards one affront after another to America's national honor as the rankest sort of cowardice?
It could be argued--doubtless will be argued--that the "concessions" from the Orthodox are not really concessions, because tradition and law allow for them, whereas the Reform "concessions" are, as already noted, concessions of the rankest order and deeply insulting.
To a model-theoretician, this is the rankest heresy, and contradictions are to be eschewed as sentences that have no correspondence to reality.
By law, one cannot buy 'alcohol with food stamps, and the second claim is stereotype of the rankest kind.
Abu Shibl, the district of the city that had spawned the name, was the rankest, most corrupt in the entire country--and it almost touched upon the Jewish Quarter.
The point is one I've been muddling over ever since: many of the ideas and ideals that human beings now cherish most dearly were first received as the rankest of heresies, their proponents attacked, imprisoned, tortured, even killed.
It would appear, then, that for the libertarian who favors privatization to nevertheless utilize governmental amenities of this sort is the rankest of hypocrisy.
The second act of forgiveness, if we can even call it that, is spoken to a fully conscious Antonio, but is even more attenuated than the first and is preceded by the threat to "justify you traitors"</p> <pre> For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive Thy rankest fault--all of them--and require My dukedom of thee, which perforce I know Thou must restore.