Difficult Words :

Rancor and Ramification

Difficult Words : Rancor and Ramification

Ramification (RAM uh fuh KAY shun) n: a consequence, a branching out

A tree could be said to ramify or branch out as it grows. A ramification is a consequence that grows out of something in the same way that a tree branch grows out of a tree trunk.

The professor found a solution to the problem, but there are many ramifications. Some experts are afraid that he has created more problems than he has solved.

Rancor (RANG kur) n: bitter, long-lasting ill will or resentment

The mutual rancor felt by the two nations eventually led to war.

Jeremy's success produced such feelings of rancor in Jessica, his rival, that she was never able to tolerate being in the same room with him again.

To feel rancor is to be rancorous. The rancorous public exchanges between the two competing boxers are strictly for show. Outside the ring, they are the best of friends.

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