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Definition of "rancid" []

  • Having the disagreeable odor or taste of decomposing oils or fats; rank. (adjective)
  • Repugnant; nasty: rancid remarks. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rancid" in a sentence
  • "But if the expressions of opinion are in rancid tones, then just like the stench of carion, people are turned away."
  • "In the following installments I will explore the meat of his argument (best described as rancid and decaying), which centered on criticism of various hominid fossils and a few arguments mirroring those presented by Jonathan Wells 'book"
  • "Why is it that when progressives talk about the benefits our country could reap from say, investing in mass transit, or overhauling our school lunch program so that it might actually nourish our kids instead of poison them, too many folks on the right start to spew the kind of rancid rhetoric I've quoted here?"