ran·​cor | \ ˈraŋ-kər How to pronounce rancor (audio) , -ˌkȯr \

Definition of rancor

: bitter deep-seated ill will

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enmity, hostility, antipathy, antagonism, animosity, rancor, animus mean deep-seated dislike or ill will. enmity suggests positive hatred which may be open or concealed. an unspoken enmity hostility suggests an enmity showing itself in attacks or aggression. hostility between the two nations antipathy and antagonism imply a natural or logical basis for one's hatred or dislike, antipathy suggesting repugnance, a desire to avoid or reject, and antagonism suggesting a clash of temperaments leading readily to hostility. a natural antipathy for self-seekers antagonism between the brothers animosity suggests intense ill will and vindictiveness that threaten to kindle hostility. animosity that led to revenge rancor is especially applied to bitter brooding over a wrong. rancor filled every line of his letters animus adds to animosity the implication of strong prejudice. objections devoid of personal animus

Examples of rancor in a Sentence

She answered her accusers calmly and without rancor. In the end, the debate created a degree of rancor among the committee members.
Recent Examples on the Web So many issues to watch fall under this topic, all sloshed in with the political rancor of an era in which blame is often more important than solutions. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, "Five things to watch in California politics in 2021," 4 Jan. 2021 For the Big Ten, a season that started with such rancor had reached what could only be seen as a successful conclusion — the conference had a team in the semifinals and a $6 million payout to distribute to its members. New York Times, "Was the College Football Season Worth It?," 30 Dec. 2020 For all the partisan rancor, senators raised no doubts about her credentials. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Two Parties Offer Dueling Views of Barrett as Confirmation Fight Begins," 12 Oct. 2020 Fear and loathing are apt descriptors for the site, where the rancor of the far-right thrives. Bryan C. Parker, Chron, "I tried Parler, the social media app where hate speech thrives," 1 Dec. 2020 Moscow and Beijing promote internet repression worldwide as the Trump administration undermines those in Washington capable of fighting it, with Congressional hearings on these issues rendered nonfunctional by partisan rancor. Justin Sherman, Wired, "The Senate’s Section 230 Circus Sent a Bad Global Signal," 29 Oct. 2020 And then there is the worry about messy election results and mounting political rancor. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "US economy to deliver record 3rd quarter — but spiking COVID-19 cases could bring slump," 28 Oct. 2020 The dispute adds to growing partisan rancor over allegations of voter suppression and voter fraud in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election. Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times, "California Republicans defend ballot boxes as subpoenas are issued," 16 Oct. 2020 The country’s deepest racial, ethnic, religious, geographic, and cultural cleavages are now imprinted onto Americans’ Party affiliations, driving the unrelenting partisan rancor that characterizes our politics today. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "Could Joe Biden Actually Bring America Back Together?," 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of rancor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rancor

Middle English rancour, from Anglo-French rancur, from Late Latin rancor rancidity, rancor, from Latin rancēre

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The first known use of rancor was in the 14th century

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15 Jan 2021

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“Rancor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancor. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rancor

formal : an angry feeling of hatred or dislike for someone who has treated you unfairly


ran·​cor | \ ˈraŋ-kər How to pronounce rancor (audio) \

Kids Definition of rancor

: deep hatred

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