When food starts to decay, it's rancid: it smells and tastes really gross.
Figuratively, something rancid is gross or disgusting, as if it's starting to decay. And rancid things seem to get worse and worse (nastier and nastier) as time goes on.
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “rancid jealousy.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "Their jealousy grew rancid.”)
Rancidly, rancidness/rancidity. Rancidify & rancidification are usually for talking about literal decay.
And we'll actually consider rancor and rancorous later on.
How to use it:
You can be literal: talk about rancid heat, rancid odors, rancid tastes, rancid butter, rancid laundry, a rancid basement, and so on.
But we'll focus on the figurative use. Talk about rancid feelings or opinions that get nastier as time goes on: rancid jealously, rancid hatred, rancid misanthropy, rancid bigotry, etc.
Often you'll say something grows rancid, becomes rancid, goes rancid, and so on: "Their bitterness grew rancid." "The rivalry went rancid." Something could start out as a good thing and then grow rancid: "Her concern grew rancid, devolving into an unhealthy obsession."
Lastly, someone or something can be rancid with some negative quality: "Her reviews are rancid with scorn."
The school closed its doors daily at 4:00pm sharp--no after-school activities allowed--and teachers and students alike were rancid with burnout.
On Reddit, downvoted comments float to the bottom of a post's comments page, so you can easily avoid much of the inevitable rancidity in a large-scale, anonymous discussion.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "rancid" means when you can explain it without saying "rotten" or "offensive."
Think of something that just ruins an experience for you, and fill in the blanks: "There's nothing worse than _____ rancid with _____."
Example: "There's nothing worse than dialogue rancid with profanity."
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A Point Well Made:
Thomas Huxley: “Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.”
1. The opposite of RANCID is
2. Potential employers will _____ if they find your social media accounts rancid with _____.
A. pass you right on by .. arrogance and foul humor
B. be most impressed .. both personality and professionalism
C. be suspicious .. strict privacy settings
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