rancor

noun
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.

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Derek Fisher bounced a game-tying single to start a game-changing seventh inning, removing the rancor from Reymin Guduan's gory outing in Houston's 11-5 win against the Mariners on Tuesday. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros cruise past Mariners for 5th straight win," 5 June 2019 Hendry said his decision was not related to any rancor among board members or the sometimes-terse relationship between the board, which makes policy, and the Indiana Department of Education, which carries out that policy. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Turnover at Indiana State Board of Education continues as six-year member steps down," 4 June 2019 The company’s closeness with the government is generating rancor among PdVSA’s workers, who have been quitting in droves amid hyperinflation that has pummeled their salaries to the equivalent of less than $10 a month. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Chevron Stayed in Venezuela Long After Rivals Quit. Then It Had Second Thoughts.," 8 Nov. 2018 The two leaders traded insults and nuclear threats last year, and then cooled their rancor as U.S. ally South Korea prepared for the Winter Olympic Games at Pyeongchang in February. Oren Dorell, USA TODAY, "Meet Susan Thornton, the woman who will shape U.S. strategy on North Korea," 9 Mar. 2018 But the greater risk is confirming a man who may have assaulted women to the Supreme Court — and guaranteeing decades of partisan rancor and attacks on the court’s legitimacy. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh is Jeff Flake’s most important test," 3 Oct. 2018 But the hearing quickly dissolved into partisan rancor, especially with this question from Congressman Louie Gohmert. Fox News, "Media malign Trump Europe trip," 15 July 2018 All too often, though, well-meaning people do things destined to create discord, rancor and resentment among their heirs. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "How to write a will that won’t trigger a family feud," 24 Sep. 2018 Despite signs the agreement was holding Tuesday, the Houthis and Yemen’s government traded accusations of violations, underlining the rancor that permeates Yemeni politics even as peace talks gain steam. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Fragile Yemen Cease-Fire Takes Hold After U.S. Push," 18 Dec. 2018

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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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rancor

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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

rancor

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

Kids Definition of rancor

: deep hatred

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