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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embitterment \ im-​ˈbi-​tər-​mənt How to pronounce embitter (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web To an extent not seen in a century, America’s two major parties have gone to battle over the rules that govern voting — an intensifying fight that threatens to dominate and embitter the country’s politics. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: The fight over voting rights," 4 Mar. 2021 Many of the impulsive political intrusions by technology companies have done more to embitter American debate than to clean it up. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Jack Dorsey Has Second Thoughts," 14 Jan. 2021 In other words, impeachment embittered both sides —and also created a lot of winners, politically, many of them from Texas. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "So many winners: Impeachment left bitterness but offered something for almost everyone as it turned out," 6 Feb. 2020 While work can form a core part of a person’s identity, worklessness can depress and embitter. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "No jobs, so what future? Half the world’s workforce on the edge.," 6 May 2020 Being close to death, rather than embittering them against their enemies or inflating them with a sense of superiority, lent the Moltkes a greater moral clarity. Mary Spencer, National Review, "What Real Resistance Looks Like," 29 Feb. 2020 The women — all of whom had been fervent Patrick supporters — came away from their tenure embittered by the experience and stunned the governor did not stand up for equal pay. BostonGlobe.com, "Former judges fault Deval Patrick for failure to fix unequal pay, retaliation on job - The Boston Globe," 12 Dec. 2019 Though the Trump administration says its details are ironed out and ready to be presented, there’s no buy-in from the Palestinians, who have been systematically sidelined and embittered by Trump’s staunchly pro-Israel approach. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump is running out of time to make his deals," 9 Dec. 2019 Hamilton, whose role as the embittered, emotionally battered and relentlessly badass mother of future-savior-of-humanity John Connor set a high bar for future action-movie heroines, pretty-much pooh-poohs the idea of a career revival. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland native and ‘Terminator’ star Linda Hamilton, happily going it alone," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of embitter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Embitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embitter. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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