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[rang-ker] /ˈræŋ kər/
bitter, rankling resentment or ill will; hatred; malice.
Origin of rancor
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
bitterness, spite, venom, animosity. See malevolence.
benevolence. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rancour
  • The profession itself is suffering from guilt and rancour.
  • And for the rancour conceived upon this displeasure, cometh up all his complaint of the possessions of the clergy.
  • The profession itself is suffering from guilt and rancour.
  • It is not the stuff of which partisan rancour is usually made.
  • Opportunities for more rancour abound, dismaying outsiders.
  • Nevertheless, there is considerable rancour among dealers who took part.
  • Grumbling on the continent, especially among poorer euro-zone countries, could turn to extreme mutual rancour.
  • Indeed, rancour over the casting may be mislabelled.
British Dictionary definitions for rancour


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 rancour

chiefly British English spelling of rancor; for ending see -or. Related: Rancourous.



c.1200, from Old French rancor "bitterness, resentment; grief, affliction," from Late Latin rancorem (nominative rancor) "rancidness, a stinking smell" (Palladius); "grudge, bitterness" (Hieronymus and in Late Latin), from Latin rancere "to stink" (see rancid).

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