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rancid

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adjective ran·cid \ˈran(t)-səd\

Simple Definition of rancid

  • of food : having a strong and unpleasant smell or taste from no longer being fresh

  • : full of anger and bitterness

Full Definition of rancid

  1. 1 :  having a rank smell or taste

  2. 2 :  offensive

ran·cid·i·ty play \ran-ˈsi-də-tē\ noun
ran·cid·ness play \ˈran(t)-səd-nəs\ noun

Examples of rancid

  1. Some foods become rancid quickly.

  2. <an unscrupulous food vendor who's as rancid as the meat that he serves>



Origin of rancid

Latin rancidus, from rancēre to be rancid


First Known Use: 1646


RANCID Defined for Kids

rancid

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adjective ran·cid \ˈran-səd\

Definition of rancid

  1. :  having a strong disagreeable smell or taste from no longer being fresh <rancid butter>




Medical Dictionary

rancid

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adjective ran·cid \ˈran(t)-səd\

Medical Definition of rancid

  1. :  having a rank smell or taste usually from chemical change or decomposition <rancid butter>





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