Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RANCID

The rancid smell of bedding struck his sensitive nostrils from within.

The smell of hot, rancid grease struck him like a solid wall.

It smelled as if it had been boiling three weeks in a rancid pot.

A pity that he goes about so unclean, smelling of rancid sanctity!

It proved to be dried beans and corn cooked with rancid tallow!

There were chuckles from the shadows that sucked in and exhaled the rancid air.

It may be rancid, smoked, or otherwise unfit for kitchen use.

Even yet a tiny warning came as he sniffed their rancid, noxious aura.

There was an odor of rancid butter, spilled wine, and paraffin oil.

Already the air of the crowded chamber was choky with heat and rancid with smell.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, from Latin rancidus "rank, stinking, offensive" (also source of Italian rancido, Spanish rancio), from rancere "be spoiled or rotten," of unknown origin. German ranzig is from French rancide. Related: Rancidness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR RANCID

buttery

adjectivecontaining butter
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.