Definition of rancorous in US English:



  • Characterized by bitterness or resentment.

    ‘sixteen miserable months of rancorous disputes’
    ‘a rancorous debate’
    • ‘The rest of the piece was less rancorous, and I suggest you read the whole thing, to understand what I was trying to say.’
    • ‘It seems to be aiming for a modern Catcher in the Rye with its sardonic, rancorous, troubled kid character.’
    • ‘There were rancorous battles over pronunciation.’
    • ‘He would often describe his wartime experiences in caustic, funny terms that would turn bitter and rancorous.’
    • ‘Just as we need a new tone in Washington, we also need a new tone in discussing energy and the environment, one that is less suspicious, less punitive, less rancorous.’
    bitter, spiteful, hateful, resentful, acrimonious, malicious, malevolent, malign, malignant, hostile, antipathetic, venomous, poisonous, vindictive, evil-intentioned, ill-natured, baleful, vengeful, vitriolic, virulent, pernicious, mean, nasty
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