Definitions of bitter

  1. marked by strong resentment or cynicism; " an acrimonious dispute"; " bitter about the divorce"
  2. causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold; " bitter cold"; " a biting wind"
  3. make bitter
  4. the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
  5. the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
  6. ( British) dry sharp- tasting ale with strong flavor of hops
  7. proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity; " a bitter struggle"; " bitter enemies"
  8. expressive of severe grief or regret; " shed bitter tears"
  9. very difficult to accept or bear; " the bitter truth"; " a bitter sorrow"
  10. English term for a dry sharp- tasting ale with strong flavor of hops ( usually on draft)
  11. one of the four basic taste sensations; sharp and disagreeable; like the taste of quinine
  12. Bitterness.
  13. AA turn of the cable which is round the bitts.
  14. Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine; bitter as aloes.
  15. Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe; as, a bitter cold day.
  16. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind; calamitous; poignant.
  17. Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh; stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach.
  18. Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable.
  19. Any substance that is bitter. See Bitters.
  20. To make bitter.
  21. Having a sharp or harsh taste; sharp to the feeling; as, bitter cold; painful; grievous; as, bitter woe; severe; reproachful; sarcastic; as, bitter words; cruel; full of hatred; as, a bitter enemy.
  22. Bitterly.
  23. Biting or acrid to the taste: sharp: painful.
  24. Any substance having a bitter taste.
  26. Having a certain unpleasant taste; sharp; afflictive; rancorous.
  27. A plant.
  28. Having a peculiar acrid taste, as of quinin.
  29. Painful; keen; poignant; stinging; sharp; severe.
  30. Resentful; harsh; hateful.
  31. That which is bitter; bitterness.
  32. Sharp or biting to the taste; acrid; harsh; piercing; painful; distressing; mournful.
  33. Anything bitter.
  34. To make bitter. See Bitters. See Bite.
  35. Sharp; biting to the taste; severe; reproachful; painful to the feelings or mind; distressing.

Usage examples for bitter

  1. Life is not so sweet as death is bitter. – Callista by John Henry Cardinal Newman
  2. But show this bitter truth: Man lives not in the past: None but a woman ever comes again Back to the House of Youth! – Poems by Elizabeth Stoddard
  3. " I suppose it would be wrong," she answered with a bitter little sigh. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  4. Why did my soul rise up in such bitter protest? – Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life by Ann S. Stephens
  5. To have command of men was hard, bitter. – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  6. Her voice was very bitter. – Balloons by Elizabeth Bibesco
  7. Do not think me bitter; I am trying to be kind. – Idle Hour Stories by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  8. The thing made me very bitter. – Salute to Adventurers by John Buchan
  9. You are a bitter thought, a something without a body and that must be hidden . – An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad
  10. Crevel was weeping bitter tears. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  11. As he spoke, two bitter tears forced their way. – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  12. That affair, of course, she passed over in silence, though it was bitter. – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli
  13. Her voice had a bitter ring to it. – His Family by Ernest Poole
  14. It's bitter cold in here. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  15. Sara Lee asked out of bitter disappointment. – The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  16. The people are very bitter against him, for they all believe he was guilty. – A Desperate Voyage by Edward Frederick Knight
  17. Dear fellow- soul- please- tell me- haven't you sometimes felt bitter cold?" – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  18. But I understand, now- everything- and, bitter to me as the truth is, I must show you plainly that I know all of it, nor can I rest until I do show you. – The Two Vanrevels by Booth Tarkington