ran·​cor·​ous | \ˈraŋ-k(ə-)rəs \

Definition of rancorous 

: marked by rancor : deeply malevolent rancorous envy

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rancorously adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for rancorous


acrid, acrimonious, bitter, embittered, hard, resentful, sore



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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

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The non-believer The G7 summit in Canada was the most rancorous in the club’s history. The Economist, "Politics this week," 14 June 2018 Now, both the president and Theresa May came to the U.K. after the NATO summit in Brussels which had its rancorous moments, as well. Fox News, "UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on NATO, Russia and Brexit," 13 July 2018 And while the House Intelligence Committee shut down its investigation last week amid rancorous partisan disputes, the Senate panel is said to be nowhere near completion, with months of work left to go. Nicholas Fandos And Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "Senators Warn About Russian Election Meddling and Call for Paper Ballots," 20 Mar. 2018 The plan focuses attention on one of the oldest and most rancorous arguments in the San Gabriels: the damage caused by gold mining in its streams. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "Long-awaited plan for San Gabriel Mountains National Monument limits new mining and energy development," 20 Apr. 2018 Still, those appearances are paired with legal filings loaded with rancorous language. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "2013 Louisville players take diplomatic stance on school vs. Rick Pitino," 3 July 2018 The product changes could aid Dorsey's goal to rid the platform of rancorous and toxic conversation. Selina Wang, chicagotribune.com, "Twitter aims to predict what you want to know, when it happens," 13 June 2018 The product changes could aid Dorsey’s goal to rid the platform of rancorous and toxic conversation. Fortune, "Twitter Will Personalize News for Users in Comprehensive Product Update," 13 June 2018 But Trump refused to let go of his rancorous clash with European allies over trade. Author: Mark Landler, Anchorage Daily News, "As Trump-Kim summit nears, president is confident, but wide gaps remain," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of rancorous

circa 1517, in the meaning defined above

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ran·​cor·​ous | \ˈraŋ-kə-rəs \

Kids Definition of rancorous

: showing deep hatred He gave a rancorous answer.

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noxious or harmful

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