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 All this squalid executive-branch rancor left the right free to spin the incident before the facts were known. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "The Media Is Missing the Real Story of Trump’s Racism," 5 Aug. 2019 Some of the rancor inside Google pits labor against management. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google fires staffer, suspends two others, amid rising workplace tensions," 13 Nov. 2019 The offer is intended to deter Republican attacks and show that the whistle-blower, a CIA officer, is above the political rancor unleashed by the House Democrats’ inquiry. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — The whistle-blower who touched off an impeachment inquiry with his explosive complaint about President Trump’s effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals is willing to answer House Republicans’ written questions, his legal team said Sunday.," 4 Nov. 2019 The offer was intended to deter Republican attacks and show that the whistle-blower, a C.I.A. officer, is above the political rancor unleashed by House Democrats’ inquiry. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Whistle-Blower Willing to Answer Republicans’ Questions, Lawyer Says," 3 Nov. 2019 The exchange highlighted the rancor between the two rivals, which intensified when Beshear, as the state's attorney general, repeatedly sued the governor for several of his policy and executive decisions. CBS News, "Kentucky gubernatorial candidates clash over casino suicide claims," 28 Oct. 2019 And what happened is, of course, the animosity did not fade after the election, and the rancor did not recede. John Hammontree | Jhammontree@al.com, al, "Margaret Renkl on grief and the nature of the South," 23 Sep. 2019 The Supreme Court has been quiet despite new rancor over Brett Kavanaugh. NBC News, "In the Big Apple, a big contrast between two campaigns," 17 Sep. 2019 But the rancor over the G-7 donation spilled into the United Nations, which is planning a climate summit next month during its annual General Assembly. Manuela Andreoni, BostonGlobe.com, "Brazil angrily rejects millions in Amazon aid pledged at G-7," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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9 Dec 2019

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“Rancor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancor. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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easily led, controlled, or managed

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