em·​bit·​ter | \ im-ˈbi-tər How to pronounce embitter (audio) \
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 How to pronounce embitterment (audio) \ noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web People were already angry with Beijing for failing to deliver on its promise of a democratic vote; the prosecutions further embittered many. Suzanne Sataline, Quartz, "How one fighter made his escape from the worst battle of Hong Kong’s protests," 30 Nov. 2019 Patrick was stung when the news about his brother-in-law was first exposed by the Boston Herald during his campaign in 2006, and embittered by the personal revelations. BostonGlobe.com, "Deval Patrick faces new scrutiny for handling of family rape case," 16 Nov. 2019 This is a weathered, embittered Sarah who has earned every one of those scars and wrinkles and has only grown tougher over the years. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Terminator: Dark Fate provides a fitting coda to first two films," 2 Nov. 2019 Sykes lost his radio show and is now among the embittered, marginalized refugees at the anti-Trump Bulwark. Peter Spiliakos, National Review, "The Simpsons and the Cowardice of Tribal Comedy," 28 Aug. 2019 His father, embittered by the season 2 trial, turned the Padillas in for retribution for his bruised reputation. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Timeline You Need To Understand 13 Reasons Why Season 3," 24 Aug. 2019 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. CBS News, "Lorenzen Wright death: Surprise plea deal latest twist in the case of slain NBA star," 27 July 2019 Sheeran assumes the pose of someone at the top, lonely and embittered, a style that is put across much more convincingly by the hip-hop acts on the album. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Ed Sheeran and Friends," 22 July 2019 Let’s hope feelings of anger and resentment don’t embitter his afternoon cups of tea with Sandy. Spencer Morgan, New York Times, "Youths! Go Listen to Your Elders!," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of embitter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Embitter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embittering. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of embitter

: to cause bitter feelings in (someone)


em·​bit·​ter | \ im-ˈbi-tər How to pronounce embitter (audio) \
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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