rancour

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.[1]

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

rancour (countable and uncountable, plural rancours)

  1. Britain and Canada spelling of rancor
    • 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “rancour”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French rancor, from Latin rancor.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ranˈkuːr/, /ˈrankur/
  • (Late ME) IPA(key): /ˈrankər/

NounEdit

rancour

  1. Jealousy, ire, towards someone; rancour (also as a metaphorical figure)
  2. (rare) Rancidity; something which smells vile.
  3. (rare) A belief that one is engaging in wrongdoing.

DescendantsEdit

  • English: rancour, rancor
  • Scots: rancour

ReferencesEdit


Old FrenchEdit

NounEdit

rancour f (oblique plural rancours, nominative singular rancour, nominative plural rancours)

  1. Late Anglo-Norman spelling of rancur
    il se douterent qe nous eussiens conceu vers eux rancour & indignacion