What does bittersweet mean?

Definitions for bittersweet
ˌbɪt ərˈswit, ˈbɪt ərˌswit; ˈbɪt ərˌswitbit·ter·sweet

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bittersweet, bittersweet nightshade, climbing nightshade, deadly nightshade, poisonous nightshade, woody nightshade, Solanum dulcamaranoun

    poisonous perennial Old World vine having violet flowers and oval coral-red berries; widespread weed in North America

  2. bittersweet, American bittersweet, climbing bittersweet, false bittersweet, staff vine, waxwork, shrubby bittersweet, Celastrus scandensadjective

    twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds

  3. bittersweetadjective

    tinged with sadness

    "a movie with a bittersweet ending"

  4. bittersweet, semisweetadjective

    having a taste that is a mixture of bitterness and sweetness

Wiktionary

  1. bittersweetnoun

    a vine, of the genus Celastrus, having small orange fruits that open to reveal red seeds

  2. bittersweetnoun

    the bittersweet nightshade, Solanum dulcamara

  3. bittersweetnoun

    A variety of apple with a bittersweet taste.

  4. bittersweetadjective

    both bitter and sweet

  5. bittersweetadjective

    expressing contrasting emotions of pain and pleasure

    The break-up was very bittersweet; they both hurt to end it, but were glad it was over.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bittersweetnoun

    The name of an apple, which has a compound taste of sweet and bitter.

    Etymology: from bitter and sweet.

    It is but a bittersweet at best, and the fine colours of the serpent do by no means make amends for the smart and poison of his sting. South.

    When I express the taste of an apple, which we call the bittersweet, none can mistake what I mean. Isaac Watts, Logick.

Wikipedia

  1. Bittersweet

    Bittersweet is a single by the cello rock band Apocalyptica in collaboration with Ville Valo (of HIM) and Lauri Ylönen (of The Rasmus). The music is by Apocalyptica, the lyrics by Ville Valo and the vocals by Ville Valo and Lauri Ylönen. The song is written for four cellos (quartet) and voice, but there are versions for just the cello quartet. The lyrics are about a love triangle, in which a woman loves a man, who does not love her back, and another man which is in love with the woman, while she does not love him back. "Bittersweet" was released on 29 November 2004. The song peaked at number 1 on Finnish Singles Chart. It also peaked at number 6 in Germany, number 8 in Switzerland, number 11 In Austria, and number 53 in Sweden.

ChatGPT

  1. bittersweet

    Bittersweet generally refers to experiencing or expressing a mixture of happiness and sadness, pleasure and pain, or any two emotions, situations or aspects where one is positive and uplifting and the other is negative and disappointing. It can also refer to a taste that is both bitter and sweet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bittersweetadjective

    sweet and then bitter or bitter and then sweet; esp. sweet with a bitter after taste; hence (Fig.), pleasant but painful

  2. Bittersweetnoun

    anything which is bittersweet

  3. Bittersweetnoun

    a kind of apple so called

  4. Bittersweetnoun

    a climbing shrub, with oval coral-red berries (Solanum dulcamara); woody nightshade. The whole plant is poisonous, and has a taste at first sweetish and then bitter. The branches are the officinal dulcamara

  5. Bittersweetnoun

    an American woody climber (Celastrus scandens), whose yellow capsules open late in autumn, and disclose the red aril which covers the seeds; -- also called Roxbury waxwork

Wikidata

  1. Bittersweet

    Bittersweet is the second studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter Blu Cantrell, released in the United States on June 24, 2003 by Arista Records. It debuted at number thirty-seven on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart selling 29,000 units in its opening week and spawned the international hit single "Breathe". The album did not share the domestic success of So Blu, selling only 228,000 copies in the U.S. and remaining so far uncertified by the Recording Industry Association of America. However, unlike Cantrell's debut album, Bittersweet managed to reach international markets, performing modestly in certain European nations.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bittersweet in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bittersweet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of bittersweet in a Sentence

  1. Pamela Rivas:

    It was bittersweet at the beginning because my father wasn't here to see the outcome. At the same time, I was just thrilled.

  2. Joely Attwater:

    Having a baby is high on Tom’s bucket list and we’re both thrilled, but it’s bittersweet as Tom knows he won’t be around to see our little bump grow up. I still feel in denial about that, but at the very top of Tom’s bucket list is raising the money for Kelli. Tom is the love of my life and my hero.

  3. Josef Newgarden:

    I think I probably needed another 20 laps or so and some lapped traffic. I think I could have done something with (Hunter-Reay). But it was really tough, i think we were a winning car, so to finish second was bittersweet.

  4. Jeff Niesen:

    It's a victory, but it's bittersweet, they've been convicted of a federal crime.

  5. Brad Pitt:

    …I can't remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn't boozing or had a spliff, or something. Something. And you realize that a lot of it is, um—cigarettes, you know, pacifiers. And I'm running from feelings. I'm really, really happy to be done with all of that. I mean I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family. But even this last year, you know—things I wasn't dealing with. I was boozing too much. It's just become a problem. And I'm really happy it's been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I've got my feelings in my fingertips again.

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