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Bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will: He was filled with rancor after losing his job.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin, rancid smell, from Latin rancēre, to stink, be rotten.]

ran′cor·ous adj.
ran′cor·ous·ly adv.
ran′cor·ous·ness n.


(ˈræŋ kər)

bitter resentment or ill will; malice.
Also, esp. Brit.,ran′cour.
[1175–1225; Middle English rancour < Old French < Late Latin rancor rancidity]
ran′cored;esp. Brit., ran′coured, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rancor - a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-willrancor - a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
ill will, enmity, hostility - the feeling of a hostile person; "he could no longer contain his hostility"
heartburning - intense resentment; "his promotion caused much heartburning among his rivals"
huffishness, sulkiness - a feeling of sulky resentment
grievance, grudge, score - a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation; "holding a grudge"; "settling a score"
enviousness, envy - a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another




n. rencor, resentimiento.
References in classic literature ?
Thou never from that houre in Paradise Foundst either sweet repast, or found repose; Such ambush hid among sweet Flours and Shades Waited with hellish rancor imminent To intercept thy way, or send thee back Despoild of Innocence, of Faith, of Bliss.
You are very generous, gentlemen of the Guards," said Athos, full of rancor, for Jussac was one of the aggressors of the preceding day.
Athos and Aramis charged at the head of their squadrons; Aramis with sword and pistol in his hands, Athos with his sword in his scabbard, his pistol in his saddle-bags; calm and cool as if on the parade, except that his noble and beautiful countenance became sad as he saw slaughtered so many men who were sacrificed on the one side to the obstinacy of royalty and on the other to the personal rancor of the princes.
The ambassador, at all events, had passed a bad night, and his faultlessly careful toilet only threw into relief the frigid rancor in his eyes and the mottled tones of his refined complexion.
I had had an idea that she would be a good deal disgusted with me--would consider that I ought to have been on the spot to advise her, to help her; and, though I was sure there was no rancor in her composition and no great conviction of the importance of her affairs, I had prepared myself for a difference in her manner, for some little injured look, half-familiar, half-estranged, which should say to my conscience, "Well, you are a nice person to have professed things
With Bartolomeo, as with his daughter, the hesitations of this period caused by the native goodness of their souls were, nevertheless, compelled to give way before their pride and the rancor of their Corsican nature.
It seemed to her now, free of all rancor, unutterably tragic that the only person Martin had loved should have come into his life too late.
d'Herblay, who also knew the secret, the queen-mother is pursuing with the utmost rancor.
And the consciousness that the insult was not yet avenged, that his rancor was still unspent, weighed on his heart and poisoned the artificial tranquillity which he managed to obtain in Turkey by means of restless, plodding, and rather vainglorious and ambitious activity.
I hid my rancor as well as I could, and took what revenge lay in my power by insinuating that he might have a very different view if he read Heine in the original.
In his heart was no rancor because of the coming marriage of the man to the woman he loved.
De Coude was so relieved to have had this double assurance of his wife's loyalty that he felt no rancor at all toward Tarzan.