what is difference between bitterness and rancour
From Middle English bitternesse, biternesse, from Old English biternes (“bitterness; grief”), equivalent to bitter + -ness.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɪtənəs/
bitterness (countable and uncountable, plural bitternesses)
- The quality of having a bitter taste.
- The quality of feeling bitter; acrimony, resentment; the quality of exhibiting such feelings.
- She kept her bitterness about her mistreatment for the rest of her life.
- the bitterness of his words
- The quality of eliciting a bitter feeling; humiliating, harsh.
- Nothing could assuage the bitterness of their defeat.
- Harsh cold.
- The bitterness of the winter caught us all by surprise.
- (quality of being bitter in taste): acerbicness, acridity, acridness
- (quality of feeling bitter): acrimony, gall, rancor/rancour, resentment
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.
rancour (countable and uncountable, plural rancours)
- Britain and Canada spelling of rancor
- rancour in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- rankor, rauncour, rancor, rankowre, rancur, rankour
From Old French rancor, from Latin rancor.
- IPA(key): /ranˈkuːr/, /ˈrankur/
- (Late ME) IPA(key): /ˈrankər/
- Jealousy, ire, towards someone; rancour (also as a metaphorical figure)
- (rare) Rancidity; something which smells vile.
- (rare) A belief that one is engaging in wrongdoing.
- English: rancour, rancor
- Scots: rancour
- “rancǒur, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-11-30.
rancour f (oblique plural rancours, nominative singular rancour, nominative plural rancours)
- Late Anglo-Norman spelling of rancur
- il se douterent qe nous eussiens conceu vers eux rancour & indignacion