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[mass noun] Bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long standing:‘he spoke without rancour’
bitterness, spite, hate, hatred, resentment, malice, ill will, malevolence, malignancy, animosity, antipathy, enmity, hostility, acrimony, venom, poison, vindictiveness, balefulness, vengefulness, vitriol, virulence, perniciousness, meanness, nastinessbitchiness, cattinessmaleficenceView synonyms
- ‘Mr Abbas, however, said this episode should not lead to any rancour in the hearts of the people in the two countries.’
- ‘This would have stripped the bitter racial rancor out of the affirmative action debate.’
- ‘But, like Logan, we need to put aside wedge politics, personal rancor and bitter partisanship to act on behalf of the nation.’
- ‘We can make our way, against the tide, without rancor or bitterness.’
- ‘Tears, frustration, rage and rancor characterized much of the testimony of parents of special education students.’
- ‘The majority of his appointees have been approved, and they have been approved with no public rancor or bitter political warfare.’
- ‘When differing versions of that line come into conflict, the result can be rancour, frustration, and political cynicism.’
- ‘There have been disagreements over the years, but never rancor or distrust.’
- ‘In fact, this is a work largely without rancour.’
- ‘No rivalry in Indian cricket was as intense yet as free from rancour as that between Kunderan and Faroukh Engineer.’
- ‘Hence, they can deal with the forces of globalisation without rancour and adapt with a sense of cultural pride and confidence.’
- ‘‘I do not come with hate or rancor in my heart,’ he said, while appealing for calm.’
- ‘An assessment free of Cold War rancour is now possible.’
- ‘Today, he still rejoices in his success but bears no rancour against those who delayed the day of his vindication.’
- ‘Recently the has rancour subsided except among conservative Evangelicals.’
- ‘Deosaran's motion was delivered with passion, without rancour, and stuck mainly to the facts.’
- ‘For many managers, passing judgment on another human being is an awkward exercise at best, a breeding ground for rancor and hostility at worst.’
- ‘It was the passionate, slightly muddled rancour of a disappointed man.’
- ‘But the debates were good ones and, on the whole, discussions were held without rancour or venom.’
- ‘It was last winter that he left amid controversy and rancour.’
Middle English: via Old French from late Latin rancor rankness (in the Vulgate bitter grudge), related to Latin rancidus stinking.
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