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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 ?
You know best what satisfaction you would have, beyond that of gratifying a ridiculous rancor worthy only of wandering savages.
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.
Some of the very peasants who had been most active in wrangling with him over the hay, some whom he had treated with contumely, and who had tried to cheat him, those very peasants had greeted him goodhumoredly, and evidently had not, were incapable of having any feeling of rancor against him, any regret, any recollection even of having tried to deceive him.
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.
The whole affair sank to the deeper deeps of rancor and savageness.
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.
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.
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next to a woman enduring nights of delusion and rancor,
Teesside Unleashed 4 was held on Saturday at Marton Country Club and Hotel with special guest Femi Taylor, who played Oola, the Twi'lek slave dancer that Jabba the Hutt fed to the Rancor in Return of the Jedi in 1983.