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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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It did acknowledge 'a good deal of exciting and entertaining matter' in the first act, and recognised the 'characteristic adroitness' with which Boucicault negotiated such a 'delicate topic' as the war: '[t]here is not a single word said to hurt the feelings of either side, and the rankest copperhead and fiercest abolitionist ...
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.' The play ends in harmony, peace and reconciliation, as Spencer (1948, p.
Yet you go on like the most unwholesome product of the rankest Bohemianism.
Fascination Fledgeby, "a kind of outlaw in the bill-broking line," is the rankest dullard in ordinary conversation because his mind turns ever to the one thing needful.
The ICC continues to bathe in an aura of progressivism (embodied by the personal vanity of its celebrity but incompetent prosecutor, the former TV show host and 'crusading magistrate" Luis Moreno Ocampo), even though its behavior stinks of the rankest cynicism.
In Charles Dickens' early success, Oliver Twist, Fagin the Jew is introduced from the start as a version of the Devil, with his "matted red hair," a "toasting fork in his hand," and a "villainous-looking and repulsive face." He leads adolescent boys down a dirty primrose path toward the rankest thievery.
Therefore, I place it in your hands, because you will be here, you and your successors, through the years, to determine what should be done with this sum to make it most useful for people of each succeeding generation." It is the rankest hubris for anyone to suggest they can see/ predict the future.
And while it would be the rankest Panglossian dishonesty to say that the bravura performances of the intellectual exile and the miseries of the displaced person or refugee are the same, it is possible, I think, to regard the intellectual as first distilling then articulating the predicaments that disfigure modernity-mass deportation, imprisonment, population transfer, collective dispossession, and forced immigration.
In both fields the tenets of one man may seem the rankest error to his neighbor.
During the course of the discussion even the word economy was scarcely uttered, but the hall rang with the rankest rebel clap-trap that one could wish not to hear.
Ted Turner was considered by some "conservatives" to be a knight in shining armor until he decided if you can't beat them join them, and did his best to be even more "liberal" than the rankest "progressive"!
To me it is discrimination of the rankest kind." (31) Mainstream media such as the Vancouver Sun did not support such claims, arguing that Strathcona residents should take advantage of the opportunity for "comfortable, fine new housing." (32) Jack Stepler of the Province suggested that there was nothing worth preserving, declaring, "Chinatown isn't what it used to be," (33)