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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”).
- Being rank in taste or smell.
- The house was deserted, with a rancid half-eaten meal still on the dinner table.
- His remarks were rancid; everyone got up and left.
- Nouns to which "rancid" often gets applied: food, butter, meat, milk, fat, oil, smell, odor, taste.
being rank in taste or smell
rancid — see offensive
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