ran·​cor·​ous ˈraŋ-k(ə-)rəs How to pronounce rancorous (audio)
: marked by rancor : deeply malevolent
rancorous envy
rancorously adverb

Examples of rancorous in a Sentence

a rancorous autobiography in which the author heaps blame on just about everyone who had the misfortune of knowing him
Recent Examples on the Web That trend, which accelerated with remote work during the coronavirus pandemic, has been at the center of a rancorous debate over how to preserve the county’s remaining farmland. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, 3 July 2024 The song’s rancorous lyrics, juxtaposed with a dancey tempo, don’t shy away from the ugly side of a relationship: feelings of longing and spite. Vogue, 2 July 2024 Republican Donald Trump has edged ahead of Democrat Joe Biden, 41% to 38%, in the aftermath of the candidates' rancorous debate last week, according to an exclusive USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll. Susan Page, USA TODAY, 2 July 2024 Most of the developer’s monsters are obvious — gummy skeletons, snakes that vomit poison, rancorous kings who seem encrusted in the yellow bile of their soul. Ashley Bardhan, Rolling Stone, 30 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for rancorous 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1517, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rancorous was circa 1517

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“Rancorous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancorous. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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