Definition of rancor in English:


(British rancour)


  • Bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long-standing.

    ‘he spoke without rancor’
    • ‘Today, he still rejoices in his success but bears no rancour against those who delayed the day of his vindication.’
    • ‘Mr Abbas, however, said this episode should not lead to any rancour in the hearts of the people in the two countries.’
    • ‘For many managers, passing judgment on another human being is an awkward exercise at best, a breeding ground for rancor and hostility at worst.’
    • ‘Tears, frustration, rage and rancor characterized much of the testimony of parents of special education students.’
    • ‘Recently the has rancour subsided except among conservative Evangelicals.’
    • ‘In fact, this is a work largely without rancour.’
    • ‘The majority of his appointees have been approved, and they have been approved with no public rancor or bitter political warfare.’
    • ‘It was last winter that he left amid controversy and rancour.’
    • ‘Hence, they can deal with the forces of globalisation without rancour and adapt with a sense of cultural pride and confidence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There have been disagreements over the years, but never rancor or distrust.’
    • ‘When differing versions of that line come into conflict, the result can be rancour, frustration, and political cynicism.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘This would have stripped the bitter racial rancor out of the affirmative action debate.’
    • ‘Deosaran's motion was delivered with passion, without rancour, and stuck mainly to the facts.’
    • ‘No rivalry in Indian cricket was as intense yet as free from rancour as that between Kunderan and Faroukh Engineer.’
    • ‘We can make our way, against the tide, without rancor or bitterness.’
    • ‘But, like Logan, we need to put aside wedge politics, personal rancor and bitter partisanship to act on behalf of the nation.’
    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
    bitchiness, cattiness
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Middle English: via Old French from late Latin rancor rankness (in the Vulgate bitter grudge), related to Latin rancidus stinking.