Definition of rancour noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(US English rancor) noun
BrE BrE//ˈræŋkə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræŋkər//
[uncountable] (formal)
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feelings of hatred and a desire to hurt other people, especially because you think that somebody has done something unfair to you synonym bitterness There was rancour in his voice. They divorced with remarkably little rancour. She learned to accept criticism without rancour. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from late Latin rancor ‘rankness’ (in the Vulgate ‘bitter grudge’), related to Latin rancidus ‘stinking’.