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 At a time when President Trump was openly at war with his own administration’s medical experts, Ioannidis’s doubts about the wisdom of lockdowns became part of the rancorous debate about how the country should respond to the threat of covid-19. Washington Post, "A top scientist questioned virus lockdowns on Fox News. The backlash was fierce.," 16 Dec. 2020 That turned particularly rancorous in Norfolk, where opponents portrayed the deal as bad for the city and financially unviable. Washington Post, "Virginia cities hope to cash in after voters approve casino measures," 13 Nov. 2020 Saturday was a historic day, of course, not just for those who follow Notre Dame football, but also because the most rancorous and drawn-out presidential election of a lifetime was decided. Billy Witz, New York Times, "Trading Blame and Worry, Notre Dame Grapples With Celebration’s Fallout," 9 Nov. 2020 During the recent rancorous election cycle, two Edina middle school students launched a free online newspaper to give their peers another choice for news. Joel Rippel, Star Tribune, "Edina middle schoolers keep peers in the know with daily Philosopher's Papers," 20 Nov. 2020 The president’s focus on returning the nation’s economy to the boom times of 2019 resonates with some voters, but overlooks the divided and rancorous politics that swirled around impeachment and the persistent problems of inequality. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump pitches ‘back to normal’ as Biden warns of tough days," 31 Oct. 2020 The order, required by law after Trump paid $3 million for the recount, was agreed to after rancorous debate for more than five hours Wednesday night that foreshadows the partisan battle ahead. Arkansas Online, "Wisconsin issues recount order in 2 counties as Trump wanted," 19 Nov. 2020 As well, political analysts and surely public memories, too, still catalog George W. Bush’s year 2000 win over Al Gore as one of the closest and most rancorous defeats in American political history. Dallas News, "Generation X and millennials sound off on why they did — or didn’t — vote," 3 Nov. 2020 So many athletes, coaches and team executives were eager to get involved in the political process when a rancorous presidential campaign fell in a year marked by racial upheaval, a deadly pandemic and economic strife. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, "Column: Sports has reason to be proud, but can't be one-off," 6 Nov. 2020

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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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“Rancorous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancorous. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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