embitter

verb em·bit·ter \ im-ˈbi-tər \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of embitter

transitive verb
1 :to excite bitter feelings in
  • embittered by divorce
2 :to make bitter

embitterment

play \im-ˈbi-tər-mənt\ noun

Examples of embitter in a Sentence

  1. The soldier was embittered by the war.

  2. the family refused to let their devastating collision with a drunk driver permanently embitter them

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First Known Use of embitter

15th century


EMBITTER Defined for English Language Learners

embitter

verb

Definition of embitter for English Language Learners

  • : to cause bitter feelings in (someone)


EMBITTER Defined for Kids

embitter

verb em·bit·ter \ im-ˈbi-tər \

Definition of embitter for Students

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


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