bitter, rankling resentment or ill will; hatred; malice.

Nearby words

  1. rancho cordova,
  2. rancho cucamonga,
  3. rancho palos verdes,
  4. rancid,
  5. rancidly,
  6. rancorous,
  7. rancorously,
  8. rancour,
  9. rand,
  10. rand, ayn

Also especially British, ran·cour.

Origin of rancor

1175–1225; Middle English rancour < Middle French < Late Latin rancōr- (stem of rancor) rancidity, equivalent to Latin ranc(ēre) (see rancid) + -ōr- -or1

Related formsran·cored; especially British, ran·coured, adjectiveun·ran·cored, adjective

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Word Origin and History for rancor



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).

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