Warburton's manner of dealing with opponents was both insolent and rancorous, but it did him no disservice.
The nearer the neighbors, the more rancorous and internecine is the strife; and, as in all cases where animosity is deadly and no grave local causes of dispute are apparent, we are bound to conclude that some deeply-seated permanent uneasiness goaded these fast growing communities into rivalry.
Hence came a series of rancorous quarrels with his parliaments, which grew more disloyal and clamorous ~ at every new session.
But the latter, while feigning indifference, was thenceforth his rancorous and determined foe.
He was speaker of the House from December 1876 to March 1881, during a period marked by rancorous debates concerning the disputed Hayes-Tilden presidential election.