Definition of rancor in English:


Syllabification: ran·cor
Pronunciation: /ˈraNGkər
(British rancour)


Bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long-standing: he spoke without rancor
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

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