Definition of rancour in English:

rancour

(US rancor)

noun

mass noun
  • Bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long standing.

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

Middle English: via Old French from late Latin rancor ‘rankness’ (in the Vulgate ‘bitter grudge’), related to Latin rancidus ‘stinking’.

Pronunciation

rancour

/ˈraŋkə/