• WordNet 3.6
    • n rancour a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rancour rang′kur deep-seated enmity: spite: virulence:
    • n Rancour rang′kur (Shak.) sourness
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. rancor, an old grudge—rancere, to be rancid.


In literature:

Then there is Winnie Verloc in the Secret Agent, and her cockney sentiment and rancours.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
We hear no more of the humiliation of France, of her pride and dignity, of rancour and revenge.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
Forget your rancours, which are leading you to a common doom.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
Rancour has often darken'd reason's eye, And judgment winks, when passion holds the scale.
"The Earl of Essex" by Henry Jones
So, I say, the rancour and warmth of the established when attacked is sincere.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
There fresh proofs of his prowess only served to kindle against him the rancour of his enemies and the jealousy of the king.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Her rancour brought its own punishment!
"The Red Symbol" by John Ironside
What fury and bitter rancour were aroused in me!
"Tales from the German" by Various
But there fell rancour veil'd its serpent-head, Though festive roses o'er the gifts were spread.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
"Aletta" by Bertram Mitford

In poetry:

Sink differences of sect and creed,
And Party rancour let us shun ;
At such a time, the one thing that we need
Is perfect unison.
"John Bright" by William Baron
With eager rancour he'd fain show,
That I have nought with Christ to do;
Because I heeded not his lore,
Nor chang'd my life, to my last hour.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
Yet though they never cease to beat,
(Their hellish rancour is so great!)
And bruise the damn'd almost to death,
They never stop to take their breath.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren, (Part 2­), Or A Description Of Hell, An" by Rees Prichard
By the still pool of Mar-nan-otha
Have I found me a bride
That was a dog-wood tree some syne.
She hath called me from mine old ways
She hath hushed my rancour of council,
Bidding me praise
"La Fraisne" by Ezra Pound
Reproach me not e'en if I earn your indignation;
Know: of us two you are to be more envied far.
Unlike my love for you, yours is sincere, unmarred
By jealousy's mistrust, its rancour and vexation.
"Reproach Me Not" by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev
Arfarat. Scarce had thy mighty voice
Re-echoed through the deep,
When the Tartarean fires
Flying I left for this serener sky,
Forth from my lips, and heart,
Breathing fierce rancour 'gainst the life of man.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 1. " by William Cowper

In news:

(Louie) Rancour , age 77, of Montrose, died Thursday, June 1, 2006.
Louie was preceeded in death by his parents, Tom and Bertha Rancour .
Rancour is University's Employee of the Month Knowledge, experience and an encouraging personality have earned Roberta Rancour of Yankton the February Career Service Employee of the Month Award at The University of South Dakota.