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Multiple Meanings
rancid

We left the butter outside the refrigerator too long and it turned rancid.
bad — most directly referring to the smell of oils or fats that have decomposed because they are not fresh enough, but metaphorically the word can refer to anything considered bad

Much more rarely, rancid can reference anything that is repugnant or offensive — such as disgusting comments.
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