rancor

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noun ran·cor \ˈraŋ-kər, -ˌkȯr\

Definition of rancor

  1. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of rancor

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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

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noun ran·cor \ˈraŋ-kər, -ˌkȯr\

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

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noun ran·cor \ˈraŋ-kər\

Definition of rancor for Students

  1. :  deep hatred



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