ran·​cor·​ous | \ ˈraŋ-k(ə-)rəs How to pronounce rancorous (audio) \

Definition of rancorous

: marked by rancor : deeply malevolent rancorous envy

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rancorously adverb

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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 Some 60,000 union members, the majority on the West Coast, are participating in the strike vote, which comes after months of rancorous and collapsed negotiations. Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2021 More than 5 million people worldwide have died, and as rancorous as the debate has been, the aftermath promises to be as messy. Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021 David Thewlis gives a stunning performance as a rancorous, relentless young man who roams the streets of London when not cadging off of an ex-girlfriend. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 In August 2011, a rancorous battle over the debt ceiling sent share prices tumbling sharply as investors began to consider the prospect that the United States could actually default on its debts. Matt Phillips, New York Times, 21 Oct. 2021 It’s a path followed by other Washington norms in the increasingly rancorous capital. Colleen Long And Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Oct. 2021 In an increasingly rancorous Congress, the junior senator from New Jersey maintains a theory of governance focused on building coalitions and bridging divisions through interpersonal connections. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 8 Oct. 2021 Even the bipartisan bill took months of negotiating and at times rancorous debate. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 1 Dec. 2021 Throughout the country, political affiliation is the No. 1 indicator of a person’s vaccine status, often spurred by rancorous posts on social media and ceaseless shouting on TV news shows. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of rancorous

circa 1517, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rancorous was circa 1517

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4 Jan 2022

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“Rancorous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancorous. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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ran·​cor·​ous | \ ˈraŋ-kə-rəs How to pronounce rancorous (audio) \

Kids Definition of rancorous

: showing deep hatred He gave a rancorous answer.

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