Rancor is bitter hatred that has been felt for a very long time.
So, someone or something rancorous is full of that feeling: that deep, long-held, hateful resentment.
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Spelling note: Our British friends use "rancour" and "rancorous."
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 “a rancorous comment.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The comment was rancorous.”)
How to use it:
Talk about rancorous comments, a rancorous debate, rancorous divisions or rancorous tension, rancorous differences of opinion, a rancorous campaign, rancorous meetings or discussions, a rancorous process, a rancorous relationship, and so on.
People and their attitudes can also be called rancorous: "a rancorous customer," "her rancorous temper," "his rancorous soul."
You could also say that an entire mood, tone, atmosphere, or situation is rancorous.
We completely avoid a certain topic... because we don't want to get sucked into a rancorous debate over it and say all sorts of things we'll regret.
Most folks in the academic world tend to avoid open displays of rancor, but they're great at expressing it indirectly. Saying "your theory still awaits practical applications" is more acceptable than saying "your work is stupid and useless and everyone has always hated it."
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "rancorous" means when you can explain it without saying "bitter" or "hatred."
Think of something you used to feel angry or bitter about until you got over it, and fill in the blank: "I don't harbor any rancor about/over _____, although I can see how it would make some people hold a grudge."
Example: "I don't harbor any rancor over the stolen money, although I can see how it would make some people hold a grudge."
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A Point Well Made:
"Consider your origin;
you were not born to live like brutes,
but to follow virtue and knowledge."
1. The opposite of RANCOROUS is
2. Celebrity gossip magazines reveled in the rancorous _____.
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