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bitter
WordNet 2.0
  • the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
  • the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
  • English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)
  • make bitter
  • marked by strong resentment or cynicism
  • "an acrimonious dispute"
  • "bitter about the divorce"
  • proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity
  • "a bitter struggle"
  • "bitter enemies"
  • expressive of severe grief or regret
  • "shed bitter tears"
  • causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation
  • used especially of cold
  • "bitter cold"
  • "a biting wind"
  • 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
  • one of the four basic taste sensations
  • sharp and disagreeable
  • like the taste of quinine
  • very difficult to accept or bear
  • "the bitter truth"
  • "a bitter sorrow"
  • extremely and sharply
  • "it was bitterly cold"
  • "bitter cold"
bitter
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. AA turn of the cable which is round the bitts.

    Bitter end
    that part of a cable which is abaft the bitts, and so within board, when the ship rides at anchor.

  • 1. Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine; bitter as aloes.

    2. Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe; as, a bitter cold day.

    3. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind; calamitous; poignant.

    "It is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God. Jer. ii. 19." --

    4. Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh; stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach.

    "Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Col. iii. 19." --

    5. Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable.

    "The Egyptians . . . made their lives bitter with hard bondage. Ex. i. 14." --

    Bitter apple
    Bitter cucumber
    Bitter gourd
    (Bot.) See Colocynth.

    Bitter cress
    (Bot.), a plant of the genus Cardamine, esp. C. amara.

    Bitter earth
    (Min.), tale earth; calcined magnesia.

    Bitter principles
    (Chem.), a class of substances, extracted from vegetable products, having strong bitter taste but with no sharply defined chemical characteristics.

    Bitter salt
    Epsom salts; magnesium sulphate.

    Bitter vetch
    (Bot.), a name given to two European leguminous herbs, Vicia Orobus and Ervum Ervilia.

    To the bitter end
    to the last extremity, however calamitous.

    Syn. -- Acrid; sharp; harsh; pungent; stinging; cutting; severe; acrimonious.

  • 1. Any substance that is bitter. See Bitters.

  • 1. To make bitter. Wolcott.

 

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