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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 rancēns (“stinking”).
- Rank in taste or smell.
- The house was deserted, with a rancid half-eaten meal still on the dinner table.
- Her 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
- “rancid”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “rancid”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “rancid”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.