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From Latin rancidus(stinking, rank, rancid, offensive), from ranceō(to stink) (sense in Middle Latin), from whence also English rancor, in Latin used only in present participle rancens(stinking).


rancid ‎(comparative more rancid, superlative most rancid)

  1. Being rank in taste or smell.
    The house was deserted, with a rancid half-eaten meal still on the dinner table.
  2. offensive
    His remarks were rancid; everyone got up and left.

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  • Nouns to which "rancid" often gets applied: food, butter, meat, milk, fat, oil, smell, odor, taste.


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