From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nettle \Net"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nettled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   To fret or sting; to irritate or vex; to cause to experience
   sensations of displeasure or uneasiness not amounting to
   violent anger.
   [1913 Webster]

         The princes were so nettled at the scandal of this
         affront, that every man took it to himself.
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