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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.
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