em·​bit·​ter | \im-ˈbi-tər \
embittered; embittering; embitters

Definition of embitter 

transitive verb

1 : to excite bitter feelings in embittered by divorce

2 : to make bitter

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Other Words from embitter

embitterment \im-​ˈbi-​tər-​mənt \ noun

Synonyms for embitter


antagonize, empoison, envenom

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Examples of embitter in a Sentence

The soldier was embittered by the war. the family refused to let their devastating collision with a drunk driver permanently embitter them

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Smith was embittered by the ignominious loss of his home state in 1928 and the underwhelming margin in his own city. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Trailblazers in Politics and Civil Rights," 19 Apr. 2018 By Yossi Klein Halevi Harper, 204 pages, $24.99 Whereas another witness might have emerged from the conflict embittered and fearful or ensconced on the far right, Mr. Halevi went in 1998 on a yearlong pilgrimage to study Islam. Daphne Merkin, WSJ, "‘Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor’ Review: Empathy With the Stranger," 7 June 2018 Like many ex-NFL players, Stowe is embittered by the NFL’s years of public denial about brain injuries. azcentral, "'I’m losing those memories': Ex-Cardinals among thousands in concussion suit," 29 Mar. 2018 The senior administration official suggested that the criticism was the byproduct of left-leaning groups embittered by Mr. Fleitz’s long-running critique of their work. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "John Bolton’s Deputy Draws Ire of Jewish, Muslim Groups," 1 June 2018 Marc Perresquia: The book is about a woman who has been wronged, who's very embittered, who's been abused … emotionally, has been cheated on. Josh Gelman, CBS News, "New twist in probe of slain NBA star Lorenzen Wright," 12 May 2018 The unhappy decline that constituted the second act was, in Pastor’s view, an uncannily precise preview of the economic, social and political discontents that now embitter our national politics. James Fallows, New York Times, "How California Turned Into a ‘State of Resistance’," 23 Apr. 2018 His writing teacher, Larry (Billy Crystal), suffers from writer’s block and is embittered by his ex-wife’s successful literary career. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: White House Correspondents’ Dinner and ‘78/52’," 28 Apr. 2018 Warning: The make-believe engine room involves shoveling real coal, which ruins my friend’s new white sneakers and leaves him embittered about the whole experience. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "I tried Philly's first ice bar, at Clubhouse Sports Lounge, so you don't have to," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of embitter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of embitter

: to cause bitter feelings in (someone)


em·​bit·​ter | \im-ˈbi-tər \
embittered; embittering

Kids Definition of embitter

: to make sad and angry : make bitter Embittered by defeat, the boy took his ball and left.

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