US rancor

/ (ˈræŋkə) /

  1. malicious resentfulness or hostility; spite

Origin of rancour

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin rancor rankness

Derived forms of rancour

  • rancorous, adjective
  • rancorously, adverb
  • rancorousness, noun

Words Nearby rancour

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How to use rancour in a sentence

  • She ought to find me supremely foolish, and her silence was not even that of rancour; it was contempt.

    Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
  • The tiger, on the contrary, though glutted with carnage, has still an insatiate thirst for blood; his rancour has no intervals.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
  • She was in that state that she could not have endured sharpness or rancour.

    Mary Gray | Katharine Tynan
  • If there have been conflicts, they have left no rancour, no bitterness.

    American Sketches | Charles Whibley
  • Bitterness invaded him; rancour, anger, scorn, and desires accumulated in his mind—as with lovers.

    The conquest of Rome | Matilde Serao