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Definitions of bitter

  1. Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine; bitter as aloes. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe; as, a bitter cold day. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind; calamitous; poignant. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh; stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To make bitter. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. make bitter Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To make bitter. See Bitters. See Bite. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. (British) dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. Bitterness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. AA turn of the cable which is round the bitts. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Any substance that is bitter. See Bitters. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Any substance having a bitter taste. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. That which is bitter; bitterness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Anything bitter. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. Sharp; biting to the taste; severe; reproachful; painful to the feelings or mind; distressing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. Bitterly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity; "a bitter struggle"; "bitter enemies" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. expressive of severe grief or regret; "shed bitter tears" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. very difficult to accept or bear; "the bitter truth"; "a bitter sorrow" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. one of the four basic taste sensations; sharp and disagreeable; like the taste of quinine Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. 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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. Biting or acrid to the taste: sharp: painful. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. BITTERISH. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. Having a certain unpleasant taste; sharp; afflictive; rancorous. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. Having a peculiar acrid taste, as of quinin. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. Painful; keen; poignant; stinging; sharp; severe. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. Resentful; harsh; hateful. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. Sharp or biting to the taste; acrid; harsh; piercing; painful; distressing; mournful. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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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
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