Definition of rancorous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈraNGk(ə)rəs/


Characterized by bitterness or resentment: sixteen miserable months of rancorous disputes a rancorous debate
More example sentences
  • It seems to be aiming for a modern Catcher in the Rye with its sardonic, rancorous, troubled kid character.
  • He would often describe his wartime experiences in caustic, funny terms that would turn bitter and rancorous.
  • There were rancorous battles over pronunciation.
bitter, spiteful, hateful, resentful, acrimonious, malicious, malevolent, hostile, venomous, vindictive, baleful, vitriolic, vengeful, pernicious, mean, nasty
informal bitchy, catty



Pronunciation: /ˈraNGk(ə)rəslē/
Example sentences
  • In the 1970s, his parents moved from the country's eastern region to settle in Camden, then separated rancorously when he was six.
  • Among those critics, none has been more rancorously unreflective the former Health Secretary.
  • Viewers often end up thinking that there is no solution to the problem because the two sides are so rancorously polarised.

Words that rhyme with rancorous

cankerous, cantankerous

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Syllabification: ran·cor·ous

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