rancorous

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for rancorous

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

unbitter

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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 rancorous rhetoric and the specter of military involvement have escalated tensions across this vast nation of 190 million people, which emerged from a series of military governments in 1999 and has repeatedly suffered postelection violence. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria to Vote After Delay Brings New Conflict," 21 Feb. 2019 The comments were good-natured but the campaign has been rancorous. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria’s Election Gets Under Way After a Stop-Start Runup," 23 Feb. 2019 While French officials have insisted that the November deal isn’t up for negotiations, German officials appeared more concerned about the strategic consequences of a rancorous split. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "U.K. Parliament’s Rejection of Brexit Deal Puts European Union in a Bind," 16 Jan. 2019 The bilateral trade tensions have roiled global markets and added a new, bitter dimension to the increasingly rancorous competition between the two powers. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "U.S., China Negotiators Narrow Differences on Trade," 8 Jan. 2019 Hence, the political conflict spawned by it wasn’t rancorous most of the time. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018 The somewhat rancorous build-up to the game -- where Sweden were accused of spying on their opponents -- was increasingly reflected in the niggly nature of the match. David Harding, chicagotribune.com, "VAR penalty gives Sweden a narrow win over South Korea," 18 June 2018 Trump, meanwhile, refused to let go of his rancorous clash with European allies over trade. Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump, Kim Jong Un sign a joint declaration at summit," 11 June 2018 Wednesday's voting for a National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, and four provincial assemblies followed a rancorous campaign marked by widespread allegations of manipulation. Fox News, "Suicide blast kills 31 as Pakistan holds general elections," 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of rancorous

circa 1517, in the meaning defined above

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rancorous

adjective
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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