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 Incumbents blame the political rancor that has seeped into the 2021 races. Hannah Drown, cleveland, 12 Oct. 2021 Meyer blamed the rancor on some members of the board as well as top DNR officials. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2021 Because of the ideological rancor surrounding the broader political environment in the country, each term has fallen victim to perspectival framing through which certain connotations are highlighted while others fade from view. Ira Bedzow, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 For months, the Supreme Court appeared to rise above partisan strife – becoming a place where rancor could be quieted by compromise. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 7 July 2021 While retirements are a normal part of life, these numbers are higher than normal and indicative of the current partisan rancor. Michael Latner, Scientific American, 28 Sep. 2021 The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act has stalled in the U.S. Senate, a victim of partisan rancor. Douglas Haynes, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 But the final piece of the Blackground puzzle is more fraught with tension: the release of Aaliyah’s unheard music, which has been sitting around for years and has been the reason behind much of the public rancor over the past decade. Dan Rys, Billboard, 5 Aug. 2021 The deal was struck amid months of partisan rancor that has consumed Washington, yet Biden has insisted that something could be done despite skepticism from many in his own party. Jonathan Lemire, Chron, 24 June 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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“Rancor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rancor. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rancor

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


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

Kids Definition of rancor

: deep hatred

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