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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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 Yet while predictions of a rancorous and divisive NPT review conference were flying high earlier this year, the postponement is increasingly being viewed as an opportunity. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Nuclear proliferation: How coronavirus crisis is opportunity," 23 Apr. 2020 The $484 billion deal came together after weeks of rancorous negotiations between House and Senate leaders and the White House. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Senate passes $484 billion coronavirus relief bill to help businesses, health care providers and testing," 21 Apr. 2020 The new agreement followed two weeks of rancorous stalemate and partisan sniping after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asked Congress to add $251 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program with no strings attached. Seung Min Kim, BostonGlobe.com, "White House, congressional leaders reach aid deal," 21 Apr. 2020 Our team of reporters and editors would cover months of rancorous debate, certain only that the election would leave the country divided, no matter which Democrat was nominated or which party won in November. Norman Pearlstine, Los Angeles Times, "A letter to readers," 2 Apr. 2020 But rancorous talks in Congress over a $2 trillion rescue package — and uncertainty over when any agreement might be reached — depressed shares about 2.5% in volatile midday trading. Christopher Rugaber, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal Reserve makes strongest bid yet to protect business and governments," 23 Mar. 2020 There was a rancorous peace between the citizens and the soldiers; minor brawls, insults and assaults were common. Time, "John Adams Defended Enemy Soldiers in Court. 250 Years After the Boston Massacre, Here's How That Case Is Still Shaping Legal History," 5 Mar. 2020 President Trump said Friday that the two countries had reached an interim trade deal, offering a temporary détente in a rancorous dispute that has rattled investors, lawmakers, and businesses. BostonGlobe.com, "HONG KONG — A police officer was stabbed in Hong Kong on Sunday, police officials said, in what appeared to be an escalation of the street violence that has gripped the city for months, as flash-mob gatherings unfolded across town.," 14 Oct. 2019 For the last two weeks, the nutrition world has been consumed by a rancorous debate, triggered by the publication of a highly controversial and hotly contested paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel, Scientific American, "Is Red Meat Killing Us or Making Us Stronger?," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of rancorous

circa 1517, in the meaning defined above

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“Rancorous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancorous. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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