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[rang-ker-uh s] /ˈræŋ kər əs/
full of or showing rancor.
Origin of rancorous
First recorded in 1580-90; rancor + -ous
Related forms
rancorously, adverb
rancorousness, noun
unrancorous, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The senators who did not call upon him he regarded as of "rancorous spirit."

    John Quincy Adams John. T. Morse
  • Why should she bury her life in this cruel, rancorous atmosphere?

    The Wall Between

    Sara Ware Bassett
  • He had long since wearied of discussing the rancorous subject.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • His brow is black with chagrin; his lips white with rancorous rage.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • Of all his rancorous libellers, not one ever ventured to call in question his honesty.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • Herr Carovius turned to her from time to time, and made some rancorous remark.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
Word Origin and History for rancorous

1580s, from rancor + -ous. Related: Rancorously; rancorousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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