• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rancorous showing deep-seated resentment "preserve...from rancourous envy of the rich"- Aldous Huxley"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Rancorous răṉ"kẽr*ŭs Full of rancor; evincing, or caused by, rancor; deeply malignant; implacably spiteful or malicious; intensely virulent. "So flamed his eyes with rage and rancorous ire."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rancorous Full of rancor; implacably spiteful or malicious; intensely virulent.
    • rancorous Synonyms See rancor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rancorous malicious: virulent
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  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “Rancor is an outpouring of a feeling of inferiority.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. rancuros,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. rancor, an old grudge—rancere, to be rancid.


In literature:

Rancor and insults produced riot, and the troops fired upon the people.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
He did not understand exactly from what source this general rancor of his flowed.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
He has the ardour of a pervert, the rancorous scorn of a deserter.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2" by George Gordon Byron
Old rancors live only in memory.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
It was a close contest, and party rancor was very bitter.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
Those persons dissatisfied with the state of affairs increased in numbers and gradually grew more rancorous.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
It reawakened his rancor, and the strain of the last week or two had shaken him rather badly.
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
She shrank from this course, but her rancor against the man suddenly grew too strong for her.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
We are, therefore, deeply indebted to the rancorous animosity of France.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
Generosity was on his side alone, because he alone had a right to feel rancor.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli

In poetry:

Torrents of stone labors of foam
Where eyes float without rancor
Just eyes without hope
That know you
And that you should have put out
Rather than ignore
"Head Against The Walls" by Paul Eluard
Virtue is with the tranquil and the braves;
The fire interior burneth well and high;
Triumphant over rancor and the grave,
Toward Bethlehem-the caravan goes by!
"Portico" by Ruben Dario
Why vehemently
Astride the threshold do I wait, marking
The ice softly pendent on his broken temple?
Upon the silence I cast the mesh of rancor
By which the gentler convergences of the flesh
Scatter untokened, mercilessly estopped.
"A Pauper" by Allen Tate

In news:

Anti-Catholic rancor is not necessary.
A daunting task, overcoming partisan rancor .
Sid Snyder was a politician who rose above usual rancor .
Congress Heads for Home With Rancor Still Evident.
Not just rancor between Kennedy, Romney.
Ann Romney Lifts Republicans Out of Their Rancor .
Partisan rancor has been blamed for the inability of Congress to compromise on a range of issues.
Senate 'Fire Department' seeks to ease partisan rancor .
Rancor eases in the Senate.
Amid congressional rancor , New York lawmakers may stake middle ground.
Rancorous labor fight looms large.
Despite of the political rancor surrounding Obamacare, states are quickly moving to implement the law.
Congress Heads for Home With Rancor Still Evident .
As we are in the midst of a particularly rancorous political climate, it's easy to look back on history through rose-colored glasses.
IN the rancorous debate over how to get the sluggish economy moving, we have forgotten the wisdom of Henry Ford .