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[rang-ker-uh s] /ˈræŋ kər əs/
full of or showing rancor.
Origin of rancorous
1580-90; rancor + -ous
Related forms
rancorously, adverb
rancorousness, noun
unrancorous, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is an astonishingly rancorous and controversial debate, with far-reaching implications.
  • All this question achieves is endless rancorous bickering and nit picking.
  • And, come to think of it, the play even begins to resemble that rancorous body for the occasional clumsiness in its logic.
  • There are equally rancorous arguments about how best to stimulate supply.
  • It has also produced a rare moment of bipartisan harmony in an otherwise rancorous election year.
  • The accusations of mismanagement are part of the debate over the program that has grown increasingly rancorous.
  • Calif, in a rancorous argument over what goes on the air and who should decide.
  • These are tricky matters, especially for a minority government in a rancorous and partisan parliament.
  • In fact, the rancorous debate was anything but routine.
  • The issues and adversaries were much different from today's, but the dispute was perhaps more rancorous.
Word Origin and History for rancorous

1580s, from rancor + -ous. Related: Rancorously; rancorousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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