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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will. See Synonyms at enmity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The deepest malignity or spite; deep-seated enmity or malice; inveterate hatred.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The deepest malignity or spite; deep-seated enmity or malice; inveterate hatred.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Sourness; bitterness.
  • n. Rankling malice or spitefulness; bitter animosity; in general, a soured or cankered disposition, inciting to vindictive action or speech; a nourished hatred or grudge.
  • n. Synonyms Asperity, Harshness, etc. (see acrimony), Illwill, Enmity, etc. (see animosity), gall, spleen, spite, spitefulness, rankling, hate, hatred, malevolence, bad blood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin, rancid smell, from Latin rancēre, to stink, be rotten.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

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