Definition of rancor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈraNGkər/
(British rancour)


Bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long-standing: he spoke without rancor
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  • This would have stripped the bitter racial rancor out of the affirmative action debate.
  • There have been disagreements over the years, but never rancor or distrust.
  • Today, he still rejoices in his success but bears no rancour against those who delayed the day of his vindication.
bitterness, spite, hate, hatred, resentment, malice, ill will, malevolence, animosity, antipathy, enmity, hostility, acrimony, venom, vitriol


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

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Syllabification: ran·cor

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