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rancor

[rang-ker] /ˈræŋ kər/
noun
1.
bitter, rankling resentment or ill will; hatred; malice.
Also, especially British, rancour.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English rancour < Middle French < Late Latin rancōr- (stem of rancor) rancidity, equivalent to Latin ranc(ēre) (see rancid) + -ōr- -or1
Related forms
rancored; especially British, rancoured, adjective
unrancored, adjective
Synonyms
bitterness, spite, venom, animosity. See malevolence.
Antonyms
benevolence.
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Examples for rancor
  • Relationships between scientists and farm families they've visited each summer for decades have dried up in rancor.
  • There's more scope for us to agree on parts of them, and for the remaining differences to be discussed without so much rancor.
  • He writes without romance and without rancor, perhaps because he sees the priests he likes as largely powerless.
  • There was no rancor and there were good wishes all around.
  • He sees himself as a negotiator, a conciliator, a post-modern politico who wants to solve problems without partisan rancor.
  • They stand guard on streets pot-holed with skepticism and rancor.
  • By the time he ended, the mood would have changed, and they got on with the business with no rancor.
  • It happens that the movie arrives in a little sulfur cloud of industry rancor.
  • His rancor has been simmering for so long, it needn't come to a boil to be scalding.
  • Toward the end he often soured into rancor and vindictiveness.
British Dictionary definitions for rancor

rancour

/ˈræŋkə/
noun
1.
malicious resentfulness or hostility; spite
Derived Forms
rancorous, adjective
rancorously, adverb
rancorousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Late Latin rancor rankness
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Word Origin and History for rancor
rancor
early 13c., from O.Fr. rancor, from L. rancorem "rancidness, grudge, bitterness," from L. rancere "to stink" (see rancid). Rancorous is from 1580s.
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