Definition of Rancor

1. Noun. A feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will.

Exact synonyms: Bitterness, Gall, Rancour, Resentment
Generic synonyms: Enmity, Hostility, Ill Will
Specialized synonyms: Heartburning, Huffishness, Sulkiness, Grievance, Grudge, Score, Enviousness, Envy
Derivative terms: Bitter, Gall, Rancorous, Resent



Definition of Rancor

1. n. The deepest malignity or spite; deep-seated enmity or malice; inveterate hatred.

Definition of Rancor

1. Noun. The deepest malignity or spite; deep-seated enmity or malice; inveterate hatred. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rancor

1. bitter and vindictive enmity [n -S] : RANCORED [adj]

Medical Definition of Rancor

1. The deepest malignity or spite; deep-seated enmity or malice; inveterate hatred. "To stint rancour and dissencioun." "It would not be easy to conceive the passion, rancor, and malice of their tongues and hearts." (Burke) Synonym: Enmity, hatred, ill will, malice, spite, grudge, animosity, malignity. Rancor, Enmity. Enmity and rancor both describe hostile feelings; but enmity may be generous and open, while rancor implies personal malice of the worst and most enduring nature, and is the strongest word in our language to express hostile feelings. "Rancor will out; proud prelate, in thy face I see thy fury." (Shak) "Rancor is that degree of malice which preys upon the possessor." (Cogan) Origin: OE. Rancour, OF. Rancor, rancur, F. Rancune, fr. L. Rancor rancidity, rankness; tropically, an old grudge, rancor, fr. Rancere to be rank or rancid. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Rancor

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1. The History of Pittsfield, (Berkshire County,) Massachusetts by Joseph Edward Adams Smith (1876)
"Political rancor of thé age—-Exaggerations of tradition—Illustrative anecdote—State of American politics—Sources of political bitterness peculiar to ..."

2. Works of Fisher Ames by Fisher Ames (1854)
"I see no abatement of the rancor of party here, nor would it be reasonable to expect their temper best, when disappointment ..."

3. Southern History of the War: The First Year of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1863)
"Displays of rancor towards the South.—Northern Democrats.—Replies of Southern Governors to Lincoln's Requisition for Troops.—Spirit of the South. ..."

4. The Literary History of the American Revolution, 1763-1783 by Moses Coit Tyler (1897)
"... rationalism—His defiance of authority—His demand that religious thinking be practical—His rancorous denunciation of theological rancor. IV. ..."

5. Works of Fisher Ames: With a Selection from His Speeches and Correspondence by Fisher Ames (1854)
"I see no abatement of the rancor of party here, nor would it be reasonable to expect their temper best, when disappointment has done the most to sour it. ..."

6. History of the Peace: Being a History of England from 1816 to 1854. With an by Harriet Martineau, George Lillie Craik, Charles Knight (1866)
"... gious rancor prevailed as it did; and that all would rancor. ke we]¡ jf ^g rancor could be gradually discharged from the Irish mind. ..."

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