Definition of rancor
: bitter deep-seated ill will
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 of rancor from the Web
In Fort Wayne, Indiana, the rancor about Community’s neglect of a local health system has gotten so bad that a group of doctors tried to get rid of corporate ownership and buy the company out.
And when it's revealed that El Gringo hasn’t been entirely honest, the resulting clash gives way not to lasting rancor but to a new sense of serenity and resilience, painted across Garcia's face in the loveliest of smiles.
The favorite part of the game for the kids seemed to be playing a rancor on Naboo, rampaging about destroying things and eating people to gain health.
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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
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of rancor
RANCOR Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of rancor for Students
: deep hatred
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