Definitions for bitterness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bit•terˈbɪt ər(adj.)-ter•er, -ter•est

  1. (adj.)having a harsh, acrid taste.

  2. producing one of the four basic taste sensations; not sour, sweet, or salt.

    Category: Physiology

  3. hard to bear:

    a bitter sorrow.

  4. causing pain:

    a bitter chill.

  5. characterized by or showing intense hostility:

    bitter enemies.

  6. experienced at great cost:

    a bitter lesson.

  7. resentful or cynical:

    bitter words.

  8. (n.)that which is bitter; bitterness.

  9. Brit. an ale bitter with hops.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  10. (v.t.)to make bitter.

  11. (adv.)extremely; very:

    a bitter cold night.

Origin of bitter:

bef. 1000; ME, OE biter; c. OHG bittar, ON bitr; akin to bite


Princeton's WordNet

  1. resentment, bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour(noun)

    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

  2. bitterness, acrimony, acerbity, jaundice, tartness, thorniness(noun)

    a rough and bitter manner

  3. bitter, bitterness(noun)

    the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth

  4. bitterness, bitter(noun)

    the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste


  1. bitterness(Noun)

    the quality of having a bitter taste

  2. bitterness(Noun)

    the quality of feeling bitter; acrimony, resentment

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bitterness(noun)

    the quality or state of being bitter, sharp, or acrid, in either a literal or figurative sense; implacableness; resentfulness; severity; keenness of reproach or sarcasm; deep distress, grief, or vexation of mind

  2. Bitterness(noun)

    a state of extreme impiety or enmity to God

  3. Bitterness(noun)

    dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to apostasy

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