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bitter

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adjective bit·ter \ˈbi-tər\

Definition of bitter

  1. 1a :  being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is peculiarly acrid acrid, astringent, or disagreeable and suggestive of an infusion of hops The pill leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. a bitter beer bitter dark chocolate — compare salt, sour, sweetb :  distasteful or distressing to the mind :  galling a bitter sense of shame

  2. 2 :  marked by intensity or severity:a :  accompanied by severe pain or suffering a bitter deathb :  being relentlessly determined :  vehement a bitter partisanc :  exhibiting intense animosity bitter enemiesd (1) :  harshly reproachful bitter complaints (2) :  marked by cynicism and rancor bitter contempt was still bitter about not being chosene :  intensely unpleasant especially in coldness or rawness a bitter wind

  3. 3 :  caused by or expressive of severe pain, grief, or regret bitter tears

bitterish

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bitterly

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bitterness

noun

Examples of bitter in a Sentence

  1. Cocoa beans have a bitter flavor.

  2. The medicine had a bitter aftertaste.

  3. We were struck by the bitter irony of the situation.

  4. His betrayal had made her bitter.

  5. She was still bitter toward her ex-husband.

  6. He's the bitterest man I know.

Origin and Etymology of bitter

Middle English, from Old English biter; akin to Old High German bittar bitter, Old English bītan to bite — more at bite


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bitter

noun bit·ter

Definition of bitter

  1. 1 :  bitter (see 1bitter) quality

  2. 2a bitters plural :  a usually alcoholic solution of bitter and often aromatic plant products used especially in preparing mixed drinks or as a mild tonic (see 1tonic 1b)b British :  a very dry (see 1dry 7b) heavily hopped ale

Examples of bitter in a Sentence

  1. The cocktail recipe called for a dash of bitters.

  2. a good selection of bitters

Origin and Etymology of bitter

see 1bitter

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


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bitter

verb bit·ter

Definition of bitter

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make bitter (see 1bitter) bittered ale

Origin and Etymology of bitter

see 1bitter

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


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bitter

adverb bit·ter

Definition of bitter

  1. :  to an intense or severe degree :  to a bitter (see 1bitter) degree It's bitter cold.

Origin and Etymology of bitter

see 1bitter



BITTER Defined for English Language Learners

bitter

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adjective

Definition of bitter for English Language Learners

  • : having a strong and often unpleasant flavor that is the opposite of sweet

  • : causing painful emotions : felt or experienced in a strong and unpleasant way

  • : angry and unhappy because of unfair treatment

bitter

noun

Definition of bitter for English Language Learners

  • bit*ters : a bitter alcoholic liquid that is used especially in mixed drinks

  • : a type of beer that has a slightly bitter flavor


BITTER Defined for Kids

bitter

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adjective bit·ter \ˈbi-tər\

Definition of bitter for Students

bitterer

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bitterest

  1. 1 :  sharp, biting, and unpleasant to the taste

  2. 2 :  unhappy and angry because of unfair treatment She was bitter toward her spoiled sister.

  3. 3 :  hard to put up with a bitter disappointment

  4. 4 :  caused by anger, distress, or sorrow bitter tears

  5. 5 :  very harsh or sharp :  biting a bitter wind

bitterly

adverb wept bitterly

bitterness

noun

Medical Dictionary

bitter

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adjective bit·ter \ˈbit-ər\

Medical Definition of bitter

  1. :  being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is peculiarly acrid, astringent, or disagreeable and suggestive of an infusion of hops—compare salt 2, sour, sweet

bitterness

noun


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