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

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of rancor.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of rancor.

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

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Examples

  • "The time for partisan rancour is over," Obama transition team co-chair John Podesta says.

    Bush to keep job in Obama administration

  • Church of England in 1992, produced "rancour" rather than "warmer ecumenical relations".

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • But it doesn't have to be like that, and I'm confident that a less macho, more intuitive generation of Labour politicians will be able to stand against each other without the kind of rancour we saw in the past.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • There's been much talk today about the lack of "rancour" as Liberal Democrats agonise amongst themselves over how to vote in Thursday's Commons decision on tuition fees.

    BBC Ouch! Blog

  • Lack of Lib Dem rancour calls to mind a previous 'rancour'

    BBC Ouch! Blog

  • Leader Nick Clegg said the party would move forward without "rancour" while Vince Cable said the coalition would be "stronger for the experience".

    BBC News - Home

  • Obama, criticised at home for not meeting the Dalai Lama during the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's recent visit to Washington, has vowed to raise human rights issues with Beijing, but said he would do it without "rancour".

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  • Would the anxieties which weigh upon her like mountains interpose between the Queen and the jealous rancour which is too petty for her great soul? "

    Complete Project Gutenberg Georg Ebers Works

  • But from the civilised drawing rooms of homes on the grand Haussmann boulevards of Paris to the butcher at the local market and the man at the newspaper kiosk, the reaction was much the same: joking, teasing, the occasional "oh, you British…", but none of the rancour that has characterised this latest diplomatic spat.

    Eurozone crisis fails to ignite French animosity against 'les rosbifs'

  • All of this was carried out without undue rancour.

    Newspaper 'war' at the Embankment

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  • Yeah, especially when rhyming with banker.

    October 15, 2008

  • I've always liked this word, and a couple of years ago I met this lovely man via MySpace who was a musician and singer in a band called Bionic in the UK (Manchester) in the mid 90s. They never really got lift off, but they were pretty good if you dig New Order, The Wedding Present, and emotionally complex lyrics.

    Anyway, one of his songs featured the lyrics "I feel your rancour," and it struck me that I had never heard that word used in a song. It's a powerful and specific word.

    June 23, 2008

  • I've always liked this word, and a couple of years ago I met this lovely man via MySpace who was a musician and singer in a band called Bionic in the UK (Manchester) in the mid 90s. They never really got lift off, but they were pretty good if you dig New Order, The Wedding Present, and emotionally complex lyrics.

    Anyway, one of his songs featured the lyrics "I feel your rancour," and it struck me that I had never heard that word used in a song. It's a powerful and specific word.

    June 23, 2008