• WordNet 3.6
    • n rancidity the state of being rancid; having a rancid scent or flavor (as of old cooking oil)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rancidity The quality or state of being rancid; a rancid scent or flavor, as of old oil.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rancidity The quality of being rancid; a rankly sour or tainted smell and taste, as of old oil.
    • n rancidity The chief cause of rancidity in fats is hydrolysis of the glycerides, the elements of water being taken up and the free fatty acids and glycerin being formed. The favoring conditions of the change are the presence of moisture and atmospheric oxygen, exposure to light, and contact with albuminoid and mucilaginous impurities.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Rancidity the quality of being rancid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. rancidité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. rancidus, putrid.


In literature:

In the South and Southwest the summers get hot and so some nuts get rancid.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The rancid smell of bedding struck his sensitive nostrils from within.
"In Happy Valley" by John Fox
The company's generous supply was rancid grease and wormy flour.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
Eggs become tainted, and fat grows rancid.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
It is crusted and scabbed with yellowish tetter, like sulphur or the rancid fat on meat.
"The Old Front Line" by John Masefield
The men drank the last of some rancid vegetable oil which had been intended for the camels.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Then he attacks anew the hard, stale bread, the rancid bacon, and devours it to the last morsel.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
The meat was dry and stringy, with a disagreeable, strong flavor that savored intimately of the rancid odor of the den.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
I kept thinking it was pretty funny looking stuff for Pond's Extract, but I thought perhaps it was rancid.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
They were looking into each other's Eyes at Close Range and using a rancid Line of Nursery Talk.
"Fables in Slang" by George Ade

In poetry:

Drab discoloration
Of faces, façades, pawn-shops,
Second-hand clothing,
Smoky and fly-blown glass of lunch-rooms,
Odors of rancid life…
"Bowery Afternoon" by Lola Ridge
Wintering in a dark without window
At the heart of the house
Next to the last tenant's rancid jam
and the bottles of empty glitters ——
Sir So-and-so's gin.
"Wintering" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

In the rancid nightmare farce called Very Bad Things, Peter Berg, in his movie writing-directing debut, creates characters that you immediately want to see killed off.
Rancid's Tim Armstrong launches a web detective show called Svengali.
That, therefore, was the rancid sausage John Roberts apparently felt he had to salvage in supposed deference to the sanctity of the legislative process.
Remember to keep poppy seed s refrigerated, as they go rancid quickly.
Preservatives serving as antioxidants keep products from becoming rancid, browning or developing black spots.
Rancid / Photo by Getty Images.
Rage Against the Machine and Rancid Plan 20th Anniversary Box Sets.
Rancid and Rage Against the Machine / Photos by Getty Images.
Butter' a rancid try at political satire.
Veteran punk rockers Rancid have set up shop in a San Francisco studio to record what will be their eighth album, reveals drummer Branden Steineckert via Twitter.
Get in the mix when Rancid performs Saturday, Sept 10, at the Warfield.
An Albany Kid Reflects on Hometown Punks Rancid : "That's My America".
RANCID will start work on its eighth studio album later this year.
The Good, the Bad and the Rancid .