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EtymologyEdit

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).

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rancid (comparative more rancid, superlative most rancid)

  1. 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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