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[kang-ker-uh s]
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  1. resembling canker.
  2. causing canker.
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Origin of cankerous

First recorded in 1535–45; canker + -ous
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Related Words for cankerous

troublesome, hostile, offensive, negative, vicious, adverse, corrosive, detrimental, cankerous, ulcerated, abrasive, antagonistic, caustic, contrary, deleterious, derogatory, discouraging, injurious, opposed

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Historical Examples of cankerous

  • A block from Riverside drive and two from Fifth Avenue—extending continually, like a cankerous wound.

    Crimes of Charity

    Konrad Bercovici

  • He determined—in the Paris way—to put an end to his cankerous hope, and to his life—together.

  • Its cankerous breath had not blown upon her soul and blighted it; the worm had not eaten into her heart and hardened it.

  • Like a cankerous malady its venom has touched almost every side of American life.

  • But when the consciousness of possession became marred by a cankerous doubt, such rumours were very important.

    He Knew He Was Right

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for cankerous


  1. having cankers
  2. infectious; corrupting
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