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Definitions of bitter

  1. harsh or corrosive in tone; " an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"; " a barrage of acid comments"; " her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; " bitter words"; " blistering criticism"; " caustic jokes about political assassination, talk- show hosts and medical ethics"; " a sulfurous denunciation"
  2. marked by strong resentment or cynicism; " an acrimonious dispute"; " bitter about the divorce"
  3. causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold; " bitter cold"; " a biting wind"
  4. extremely and sharply; " it was bitterly cold"; " bitter cold"
  5. make bitter
  6. the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
  7. the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
  8. ( British) dry sharp- tasting ale with strong flavor of hops
  9. proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity; " a bitter struggle"; " bitter enemies"
  10. expressive of severe grief or regret; " shed bitter tears"
  11. very difficult to accept or bear; " the bitter truth"; " a bitter sorrow"
  12. English term for a dry sharp- tasting ale with strong flavor of hops ( usually on draft)
  13. one of the four basic taste sensations; sharp and disagreeable; like the taste of quinine
  14. Bitterness.
  15. AA turn of the cable which is round the bitts.
  16. Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine; bitter as aloes.
  17. Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe; as, a bitter cold day.
  18. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind; calamitous; poignant.
  19. Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh; stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach.
  20. Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable.
  21. Any substance that is bitter. See Bitters.
  22. To make bitter.
  23. 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.
  24. Any substance that is sharp or harsh to the taste.
  25. Bitterly.
  26. Having a taste like that of strychnine or quinine.
  27. To make bitter: to give a bitter taste to. " Would not horse- aloes bitter it ( beer) as well?" - Dr. Wolcot.
  28. Biting or acrid to the taste: sharp: painful.
  29. Any substance having a bitter taste.
  30. BITTERISH.
  31. Having a certain unpleasant taste; sharp; afflictive; rancorous.
  32. A plant.
  33. Having a peculiar acrid taste, as of quinin.
  34. Painful; keen; poignant; stinging; sharp; severe.
  35. Resentful; harsh; hateful.
  36. That which is bitter; bitterness.
  37. Sharp or biting to the taste; acrid; harsh; piercing; painful; distressing; mournful.
  38. Anything bitter.
  39. To make bitter. See Bitters. See Bite.
  40. Sharp; biting to the taste; severe; reproachful; painful to the feelings or mind; distressing.
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Usage examples for bitter

  1. His sister considered him and like a wise woman, offered him something sweet to make up for the bitter – Harvest by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  2. To have command of men was hard, bitter – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  3. The thing made me very bitter – Salute to Adventurers by John Buchan
  4. 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
  5. Her voice had a bitter ring to it. – His Family by Ernest Poole
  6. Do not think me bitter I am trying to be kind. – Idle Hour Stories by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  7. " I suppose it would be wrong," she answered with a bitter little sigh. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  8. Acid, sour, and bitter agree in being contrasted with sweet, but the two former are sharply distinguished from the latter. Acid or sour is the taste of vinegar or lemon- juice; bitter that of quassia, quinine, or strychnine. Acrid is nearly allied to bitter Pungent suggests the effect of pepper or snuff on the organs of taste or smell; as, a pungent odor. Caustic indicates the corroding effect of some strong chemical, as nitrate of silver. In a figurative sense, as applied to language or character, these words are very closely allied. We say a sour face, sharp words, bitter complaints, caustic wit, cutting irony, biting sarcasm, a stinging taunt, harsh judgment, a tart reply. Harsh carries the idea of intentional and severe unkindness, bitter of a severity that arises from real or supposed ill treatment. The bitter speech springs from the sore heart. Tart and sharp utterances may not proceed from an intention to wound, but merely from a wit recklessly keen; cutting, stinging, and biting speech indicates more or less of hostile intent, the latter being the more deeply malicious. The caustic utterance is meant to burn, perhaps wholesomely, as in the satire of Juvenal or Cervantes. Compare MOROSE. –  by
  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. It's bitter cold in here. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  11. Why did my soul rise up in such bitter protest? – Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life by Ann S. Stephens
  12. As he spoke, two bitter tears forced their way. – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  13. Life is not so sweet as death is bitter – Callista by John Henry Cardinal Newman
  14. Dear fellow- soul- please- tell me- haven't you sometimes felt bitter cold?" – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  15. The people are very bitter against him, for they all believe he was guilty. – A Desperate Voyage by Edward Frederick Knight
  16. That affair, of course, she passed over in silence, though it was bitter – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli
  17. Sara Lee asked out of bitter disappointment. – The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  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
  19. Her voice was very bitter – Balloons by Elizabeth Bibesco
  20. Crevel was weeping bitter tears. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
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