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  • We left the butter outside the refrigerator too long and it turned rancid.
  • The bacon smells rancid.
  • Partly because his rancid smell was now up close and personal.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • some rancid lard
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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  • I could feel The Mother’s rancid breath on my neck and hear her cold voice chanting that there was no escape and that she would never let me go.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • Albert Left Hand was a short, fat man who smelled of rancid mutton tallow.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • good fat didn’t reach the zeks, and the rancid all went into the soup kettle
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • To the college guys in the dorm room with ... and the couch that smelled like rancid beer.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • The very idea that he and Roland could in any way be on the same side makes him feel like he swallowed something rancid.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Like he was rotting, decomposing, his insides turning as rancid as his outside felt.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • There was a rancid smell of some foreign food cooking; an organ grinder’s monkey bent down and defecated in the street; strangers’ bodies pressed against hers disgracefully.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • His words emerged in wet bubbles like something from a rancid bog.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • After I had taken several turns I caught the rancid smell of something dead.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The house kitchen was a rancid, overflowing mess of bottles and ashtrays and spaghetti sauce—stained dishes, the doorless cupboards mostly bare except for a few cans of chili and soup.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • She gagged as a rancid odor filled her nose, and she realized that the girl in front of her had vomited.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • My nostrils burned with the stench of rancid bologna and used diapers.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • In a fresher one, there was still some milk, but it was rancid.
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay
  • Neumann One shoulders out, something rancid in his eyes.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Our noses told us, first, that the place was filthy: somewhere plumbing had backed up, the bedding was soiled and rancid.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Or the gristle embedded like an impacted tumor in the lamb chops at the Athens Chop House, the chops themselves tasting of old sheep, the mashed potatoes glutinous, rancid, plainly reconstituted with Greek cunning from dehydrated government surplus filched from some warehouse.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Her clothes smell faintly of the Smeaths’ house, a mixture of scouring powder and cooked turnips and slightly rancid laundry, and the earth under porches.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The sharp, rancid smell hit our nostrils.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • It was an elemental odor, raw and crude; it was rich, almost rancid, sensual, and strong.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I opened the microwave, and the bottom of it was filled with rancid grease.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The thrice-daily meals usually consisted of a bowl of broth with a bit of vegetable and a bowl or half bowl of rancid rice, sometimes mixed with barley.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The skin around his jaw was dry and corpulent, filled with lumps of hard fat, like cold butter gone rancid.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • It was a little oily and rancid, but this was not the time to be too particular.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Now she was regretting it: the air was rancid with the stink of rotten fruit and fish.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • A thick, rancid smell clogged the air.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • "Damn rancid chicken," I moaned.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • ’None of your rancid stogies in here, Commander!’ he brayed, the moment Root made it back to Ops.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • It smelled like rancid manure.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • His spirit rose flying and released him from fear and bitterness and rancid memories.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The butter is greasy and it will go rancid and I will smell like an old cheese; but at least it’s organic, as they used to say.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • In the long run, says Paul Diacre, the best lard turns rancid.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The odour which now filled the refectory was scarcely more appetising than that which had regaled our nostrils at breakfast: the dinner was served in two huge tin-plated vessels, whence rose a strong steam redolent of rancid fat.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • A shefiend’s whiteness under her rancid rags.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Carrie could see beneath the surface to where the real Miss Desjardin was giggling and chuckling with rancid old-maid ribaldry.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • There was a smell in the air too—a rancid, thick, garbage smell.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Leon’s rancid breath—didn’t he ever eat anything else but bacon, for crissakes—filled the air as he stood beside Brian looking over the tabulations.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • Yossarian and Orr soaked their rancid, unfriendly bodies pink in a steaming-hot tub and then went from the hotel with Milo to eat shrimp cocktails and filet mignon in a very fine restaurant with a stock ticker in the lobby that happened to be clicking out the latest quotation for Egyptian cotton when Milo inquired of the captain of waiters what kind of machine it was.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • These "majority truths" are like last year’s cured meat—like rancid, tainted ham; and they are the origin of the moral scurvy that is rampant in our communities.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • If he had left out that old rancid one about the lecturer I wouldn’t have said anything; but I couldn’t stand that one.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • When their luck was good they found some roadside inn that served rustic food which she refused to eat, and rented them canvas cots stained with rancid perspiration and urine.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • ON WHAT CONDITIONS ONE CAN RESPECT THE PAST obstinacy of antiquated institutions in perpetuating themselves resembles the stubbornness of the rancid perfume which should claim our hair, the pretensions of the spoiled fish which should persist in being eaten, the persecution of the child’s garment which should insist on clothing the man, the tenderness of corpses which should return to embrace the living.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She left food to defrost on the counter until it became rancid.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • The smell now, with both Lethrblaka present, resembled the sort of overpowering stench one would get from tossing a half-dozen pounds of rancid meat into a barrel of sewage and allowing the mixture to ferment for a week in summer.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Haji Ali worked his hand vigorously in the pocket of his embroidered vest, rubbing rancid pieces of ibex jerky against leaves of a strong green chewing tobacco known as naswar.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • The smells were rancid—cigarettes, marijuana, old food, sweat, decay.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • The more watery I make the soup and the more rancid the cheese, and the worse I make the coarse talk and proddings of the keepers, the better he likes it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
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