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First attested as Middle English rancour in the early 13th century, from Old French rancor, from Latin rancor (“rancidity, grudge, rancor”), from ranceō (“be rotten or putrid, stink”), from which also English rancid.
- Britain and Canada spelling of
- 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 4, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- By some paradoxical evolution rancour and intolerance have been established in the vanguard of primitive Christianity. Mrs. Spoker, in common with many of the stricter disciples of righteousness, was as inclement in demeanour as she was cadaverous in aspect.
- Jealousy, ire, towards someone; rancour (also as a metaphorical figure)
- (rare) Rancidity; something which smells vile.
- (rare) A belief that one is engaging in wrongdoing.
- Late Anglo-Norman spelling of
- il se douterent qe nous eussiens conceu vers eux rancour & indignacion