ran·​cor | \ ˈraŋ-kər How to pronounce rancor (audio) , -ˌkȯr \

Definition of rancor

: bitter deep-seated ill will

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enmity, hostility, antipathy, antagonism, animosity, rancor, animus mean deep-seated dislike or ill will. enmity suggests positive hatred which may be open or concealed. an unspoken enmity hostility suggests an enmity showing itself in attacks or aggression. hostility between the two nations antipathy and antagonism imply a natural or logical basis for one's hatred or dislike, antipathy suggesting repugnance, a desire to avoid or reject, and antagonism suggesting a clash of temperaments leading readily to hostility. a natural antipathy for self-seekers antagonism between the brothers animosity suggests intense ill will and vindictiveness that threaten to kindle hostility. animosity that led to revenge rancor is especially applied to bitter brooding over a wrong. rancor filled every line of his letters animus adds to animosity the implication of strong prejudice. objections devoid of personal animus

Examples of rancor in a Sentence

She answered her accusers calmly and without rancor. In the end, the debate created a degree of rancor among the committee members.
Recent Examples on the Web Lost in the rancor is the simple fact that Sugimoto’s design would make substantial improvements to the garden, which wants care and renovation. Washington Post, "How a rock wall and pool of water have thrown a wrench into the redesign of Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden," 16 Apr. 2021 Much of the rancor extends back to the partisan passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 and was inflamed by Republican efforts to repeal the law in 2017. Lanhee J. Chen, CNN, "If Biden wants to fix health care, he will need Republicans," 30 Apr. 2021 After plenty of rancor, a proposal to rename Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive for city founder Jean Baptiste Point DuSable is now a step away from reality. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Feds charge Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson - nephew, grandson to two Chicago mayors | Plan to rename Lake Shore Drive in honor of DuSable advances | Lightfoot loosens COVID-19 restrictions," 29 Apr. 2021 In the end, despite the partisan rancor over the issue and a bevy of lawsuits, there were too few ballots at issue to make a difference in the outcome in the Keystone State. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Dissent by Justice Thomas in election case draws fire for revisiting baseless Trump fraud claims," 22 Feb. 2021 In a time of partisan rancor, Stivers touted his bipartisanship. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers leaving Congress to lead Ohio Chamber of Commerce, won't run for U.S. Senate," 19 Apr. 2021 But here’s a really funny one in the opposite direction: The pandemic dissolved all residual rancor and friction between me and my ex-husband as soon as New York City shut down. New York Times, "A Classic Venetian Dish That Doesn’t Need Improvement," 14 Apr. 2021 President Biden signed into law the sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package yesterday, putting to rest months of Congressional rancor and debate. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for March 12: Stimulus, Covid-19, state laws, Myanmar, George Floyd," 12 Mar. 2021 To love, not descend deeper into all kinds of rancor and even violence? Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "For Christians in Iraq, Religion Is Not Only Essential, It’s Everything," 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of rancor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rancor

Middle English rancour, from Anglo-French rancur, from Late Latin rancor rancidity, rancor, from Latin rancēre

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The first known use of rancor was in the 14th century

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15 May 2021

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“Rancor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancor. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rancor

formal : an angry feeling of hatred or dislike for someone who has treated you unfairly


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Kids Definition of rancor

: deep hatred

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