rancor

noun ran·cor \ ˈraŋ-kər , -ˌkȯr \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of rancor

: bitter deep-seated ill will

Examples of rancor in a Sentence

  1. She answered her accusers calmly and without rancor.

  2. In the end, the debate created a degree of rancor among the committee members.

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Origin and Etymology of rancor

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

Synonym Discussion of rancor

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

RANCOR Defined for English Language Learners

rancor

noun

Definition of rancor for English Language Learners

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


RANCOR Defined for Kids

rancor

noun ran·cor \ ˈraŋ-kər \

Definition of rancor for Students

: deep hatred


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