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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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Morgan's story about a brother who reprimands his sister for such an improper activity: "your printing of a Book, beyond the custom of your Sex, doth rankly smell" (68).
24, 2012) ("The rankly unconstitutional 48-hour hold utilized in this case is the product of a police department policy, a policy condemned by this court repeatedly in the past.
Eliza Doolittle, the flower girl plucked from the streets by the rankly clueless professor Henry Higgins, is not just ordered about by him - she's practically his creation.
Rather, Hamlet's first soliloquy reflects the premodern tendency to produce what the medical historian Nancy Siraisi has called "materialist explanations of mental and emotional states." (50) Hamlet's "prophetic soul" needs no Ghost to tell him that "the whole ear of Denmark" has been "rankly abus'd" by Claudius (1.5.36-40).
rankly, it is strange to see you under the flag of the Labor Party.
So the whole ear of Denmark Is by a forged process of my death Rankly abused.
A Romantic in the original 19th-century sense of the word, Russell reveled in the depiction of lush, unbridled emotion, as extreme as it could go, crafting imagery that could be swooningly beautiful one moment and rankly repugnant the next--often, in films like "The Devils" (1971), only a splice apart.
These are a parcel of those venomous weeds, That rankly pester this fair garden plot, Whose boisterous growth is such, that I must use More policy than strength to reach their root.