- bitter, rankling resentment or ill will; hatred; malice.
Origin of rancor
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Examples from the Web for rancour
He did not dare express all his rancour, while he was unequal to suppressing it entirely.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
If he has any rancour or hardness in him it will bring it out.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
The next was that his good spirits were also shared by Miss Bishop, and that she bore no rancour.Captain Blood
All this aroused his rancour now, and steeled his heart against the voice of honour.The Tavern Knight
The prince was stung to the quick, though for the moment he kept his rancour hidden.Cyropaedia
- malicious resentfulness or hostility; spite
Word Origin and History for rancour
c.1200, from Old French rancor "bitterness, resentment; grief, affliction," from Late Latin rancorem (nominative rancor) "rancidness, a stinking smell" (Palladius); "grudge, bitterness" (Hieronymus and in Late Latin), from Latin rancere "to stink" (see rancid).