adjective Date: circa 1570 marked by rancor ; deeply malevolent <
rancorous envy
rancorously adverb

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  • Rancorous — Ran cor*ous (r[a^][ng] k[ e]r*[u^]s), a. [OF. rancuros.] Full of rancor; evincing, or caused by, rancor; deeply malignant; implacably spiteful or malicious; intensely virulent. [1913 Webster] So flamed his eyes with rage and rancorous ire.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rancorous — index bitter (reproachful), caustic, harsh, hostile, invidious, malevolent, malignant, mordacious …   Law dictionary

  • rancorous — (adj.) 1580s, from RANCOR (Cf. rancor) + OUS (Cf. ous). Related: Rancorously; rancorousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • rancorous — [[t]ræ̱ŋkərəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED A rancorous argument or person is full of bitterness and anger. [FORMAL] The deal ended after a series of rancorous disputes. Syn: bitter, acrimonious …   English dictionary

  • rancorous — adjective /ɹæŋ.kə(ɹ).əs/ Full of rancor; bitter; unforgiving. rancorous speech Syn: malicious, resentful, venomous …   Wiktionary

  • rancorous — adjective California s rancorous recall campaign Syn: bitter, spiteful, hateful, resentful, acrimonious, malicious, malevolent, hostile, venomous, vindictive, baleful, vitriolic, vengeful, pernicious, mean, nasty; informal bitchy, catty …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • rancorous — rancour (US rancor) ► NOUN ▪ bitterness; resentment. DERIVATIVES rancorous adjective. ORIGIN Latin rancor rankness , later bitter grudge …   English terms dictionary

  • rancorous — rancorously, adv. rancorousness, n. /rang keuhr euhs/, adj. full of or showing rancor. [1580 90; RANCOR + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • rancorous — Synonyms and related words: acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acid, acidic, acidulent, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, antagonistic, antipathetic, avenging, belligerent, bitter, burning, caustic, choleric, clashing, colliding, conflicting, despiteful,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • rancorous — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Bitingly hostile: acrimonious, bitter, embittered, hard, resentful, virulent. See ATTITUDE, LOVE …   English dictionary for students

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