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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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In his work on Henryson, John Marlin has described this "homely stock" as "charming and relaxed," but a careful reading of the fable will show that Henryson certainly does not depict the country mouse as relaxed when "throw rankest gers and corne, / And under buskis prevelie couth thay creip" [through thickest grass and corn and under bushes secretly they crept] (253-54).
of Capernaum were 'overgrown with the rankest vegetation I have
In the same letter, after calling Ralph Bunche an "opportunist of the rankest kind," he asked North to expedite the printing of the article since the material was time sensitive and the Liberator would publish it if New Masses was not interested.
Readers may tire of his frequent pauses to state what he has just claimed, is in the process of claiming, wants to claim, will claim, or will resist claiming ("I am resisting the impulse to analyze that in detail" [114]); and of his warnings that he is "moving too quickly" (64), is about to pressa point further ("But I do not quite want to stop here" [56]), or has pressed one too far ("I am aware that this is likely to seem the rankest overkill [.
It is the rankest absurdity to advance human-created economic systems that do not acknowledge the carrying capacities of the planet.
are engaged in 'forum shopping of the rankest kind,' because they know Delaware won't 'junk up' its corporate laws to compete with [other states]") (alterations in original); id.
But in a 2003 piece to mark the 10th anniversary of the murder of James, he described his previous rant as "one of the rankest anti-Liverpool articles ever to emerge from a Fleet Street always trigger happy for a pot-shot at Merseyside.
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.
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.