[rang-ker-uh s]


full of or showing rancor.

Origin of rancorous

First recorded in 1580–90; rancor + -ous
Related formsran·cor·ous·ly, adverbran·cor·ous·ness, nounun·ran·cor·ous, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of rancorous

Historical Examples of rancorous

  • 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.


    Samuel Smiles

Word Origin and History for rancorous

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper