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 Wade had a rancorous departure from the Heat in the 2016 offseason, when free-agency negotiations stalled with Arison, with Heat President Pat Riley not involved at the time. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat icon Dwyane Wade joins Utah Jazz ownership group; Arison ‘disappointed’ move not with Heat," 16 Apr. 2021 Wainscott, a hamlet in the wealthy New York enclave of the Hamptons, is the unlikely setting for a rancorous battle over what would be the state's first offshore wind farm. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "No-Bug Weather Bliss Into Sunday AM - Slushy Possibilities Next Week," 18 Mar. 2021 The pact marked the end of a rancorous, nearly two-year fight that led to costly court fights and heightened tensions inside the union. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, "‘A fight can be worthwhile.’ What lessons WGA learned from its battle with agencies," 1 Mar. 2021 California is one of the last states in the country where most students have not set foot in a classroom since March, according to Politico, and disputes between politicians, teachers’ unions and parents have grown increasingly rancorous. Washington Post, "School board members bash pandemic-weary parents as potheads who ‘want their babysitters back’," 19 Feb. 2021 The hopes projected by the event for a less rancorous future were not exactly reflected by the Senate either, which has displayed a distinct lead-footedness in considering Biden’s Cabinet nominees. Los Angeles Times, "Review: An inaugural like no other breathes new life into a besieged tradition: democracy," 20 Jan. 2021 But the series, premiering Sunday on HBO, doubles as a riveting glimpse inside one of the most prominent relationships — and most rancorous breakups — in Hollywood history. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, "Timeline: Woody Allen’s relationship with Mia Farrow, alleged abuse of Dylan Farrow," 21 Feb. 2021 And on that rancorous note was established the prevailing tone of the next four years. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "What President Biden can do to save the arts," 4 Feb. 2021 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

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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 6 May. 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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