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rancid (ˈrænsɪd Pronunciation for rancid

Definitions

adjective

  1. (of butter, bacon, etc) having an unpleasant stale taste or smell as the result of decomposition
  2. (of a taste or smell) rank or sour; stale

Derived Forms

rancidity (rænˈsɪdɪtɪ Pronunciation for rancidity , ˈrancidness noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin rancidus rank, from rancēre to stink

Synonyms

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= rotten, sour, foul, bad, off, rank, tainted, stale, musty, fetid, putrid, fusty, strong-smelling, frowsty,

Example Sentences Including 'rancid'

The smell up here was stronger: the odour vaguely familiar, like rancid cheese.
Pritchard, John Night Sisters
These few plaintive stabs at adornment were undermined by the rancid stench of bait fish setting in a barrel nearby.
Mark Mills AMAGANSETT (2004)
The air was soured by his foetid breath and rancid body odour.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)

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