Definition of rancour in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈraŋkə/
(US rancor)


[mass noun]
Bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long standing: he spoke without rancour
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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