The Closing Word: Rancorous

The Closing Word: RancorousThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (RANK-uh-russ)

showing deep-seated resentment

From “The word rancorous can be traced back to the Latin word rancere, which means “to stink.” This in turn led to rancorem, “bitterness or rancidness.” When you speak to your arch enemy and your words are so angry and bitter that they almost stink, go ahead and describe them as rancorous.”

“We can only hope that those with opposing beliefs will work together and avoid rancorous rhetoric.”


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