What does bitterness mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resentment, bitterness, gall, rancor, rancournoun

    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

  2. bitterness, acrimony, acerbity, jaundice, tartness, thorninessnoun

    a rough and bitter manner

  3. bitter, bitternessnoun

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

  4. bitterness, bitternoun

    the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste


  1. bitternessnoun

    the quality of having a bitter taste

  2. bitternessnoun

    the quality of feeling bitter; acrimony, resentment

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bitternessnoun

    Etymology: from bitter.

    The idea of whiteness, or bitterness, is in the mind, exactly answering that power which is in any body to produce it there. John Locke.

    The bitterness and animosity between the chief commanders was such, that a great part of the army was marched. Edward Hyde.

    His sorrows have so overwhelm’d his wits,
    Shall we be thus afflicted in his wreaks,
    His fits, his frenzy, and his bitterness? William Shakespeare, Tit. Andr.

    Pierpoint and Crew appeared now to have contracted more bitterness and sourness than formerly, and were more reserved towards the king’s commissioners. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Some think their wits have been asleep, except they dart out somewhat piquant, and to the quick: men ought to find the difference between saltness and bitterness. Francis Bacon, Essay 33.

    There appears much joy in him, even so much, that joy could not shew itself modest enough, without a badge of bitterness. William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.

    They shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. Zech. xii. 10.

    Most pursue the pleasures, as they call them, of their natures, which begin in sin, are carried on with danger, and end in bitterness. William Wake, Preparation for Death.

    I oft, in bitterness of soul, deplor’d
    My absent daughter, and my dearer lord. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.


  1. bitterness

    Bitterness is a strong and sharp negative emotion or taste, often characterized by intense antagonism or displeasure. In emotional terms, it can refer to feeling resentful, cynical, or harsh due to one's own experiences. In the context of taste, it is one of the basic tastes along with sweet, salty, sour and umami, often described as a sharp, pungent flavor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bitternessnoun

    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. Bitternessnoun

    a state of extreme impiety or enmity to God

  3. Bitternessnoun

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bitterness in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bitterness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of bitterness in a Sentence

  1. Andreas Simic:

    A positive state of mind will take you far, never allow someone to taint your joy of life with the bitterness of their beliefs.” Andreas Simic

  2. Edith Cavell:

    I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.

  3. Jeremy Corbyn:

    Going to war creates a legacy of bitterness and problems, let us be a force for change in the world, a force for humanity in the world, a force for peace in the world, and a force that recognizes we can not go on like this, with grotesque levels of global inequality, grotesque threats to our environment all around the world, without the rich and powerful governments stepping up to the plate to make sure our world becomes safer and better -- and those people don't end up in poverty, in refugee camps, wasting their lives away.

  4. Benjamin Franklin:

    The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

  5. Lamar Sally:

    All I can do is to take care of my son the best way I know how, but I feel sorry for Sherri, i don’t hate her or have any bitterness, but one day she is going to have to sit down and explain to LJ (Lamar Jr.) that she turned her back on him and I don’t know how she is going to do that.

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