Word of the Day – Rancour

By October 11, 2019Word of the Day

Rancour (noun)


Bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long standing.

Middle English via Old French from late Latin rancor ‘rankness’ (in the Vulgate ‘bitter grudge’), related to Latin rancidus ‘stinking’.

Example sentences

“she spoke with great rancour and disdain.”

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