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English Dictionary: bitter by the DICT Development Group
6 results for bitter
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. extremely and sharply; "it was bitterly cold"; "bitter cold"
    Synonym(s): piercingly, bitterly, bitingly, bitter
  1. marked by strong resentment or cynicism; "an acrimonious dispute"; "bitter about the divorce"
    Synonym(s): acrimonious, bitter
  2. very difficult to accept or bear; "the bitter truth"; "a bitter sorrow"
  3. harsh or corrosive in tone; "an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments"; "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter words"; "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique"
    Synonym(s): acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic
  4. expressive of severe grief or regret; "shed bitter tears"
  5. proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity; "a bitter struggle"; "bitter enemies"
  6. causing a sharp and acrid taste experience;"quinine is bitter"
  7. causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold; "bitter cold"; "a biting wind"
    Synonym(s): biting, bitter
  1. English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)
  2. the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
    Synonym(s): bitter, bitterness
  3. the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
    Synonym(s): bitterness, bitter
  1. make bitter
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Bitter \Bit"ter\, v. t.
      To make bitter. --Wolcott.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Bitter \Bit"ter\, n. [See {Bitts}.] (Naut.)
      AA turn of the cable which is round the bitts.
      {Bitter end}, that part of a cable which is abaft the bitts,
            and so within board, when the ship rides at anchor.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Bitter \Bit"ter\, a. [AS. biter; akin to Goth. baitrs, Icel.
      bitr, Dan., Sw., D., & G. bitter, OS. bittar, fr. root of E.
      bite. See {Bite}, v. t.]
      1. Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of
            wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine;
            bitter as aloes.
      2. Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe;
            as, a bitter cold day.
      3. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind;
            calamitous; poignant.
                     It is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast
                     forsaken the Lord thy God.                  --Jer. ii. 19.
      4. Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh;
            stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach.
                     Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against
                     them.                                                --Col. iii.
      5. Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable.
                     The Egyptians . . . made their lives bitter with
                     hard bondage.                                    --Ex. i. 14.
      {Bitter apple}, {Bitter cucumber}, {Bitter gourd}. (Bot.) See
      {Bitter cress} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Cardamine}, esp.
            {C. amara}.
      {Bitter earth} (Min.), tale earth; calcined magnesia.
      {Bitter principles} (Chem.), a class of substances, extracted
            from vegetable products, having strong bitter taste but
            with no sharply defined chemical characteristics.
      {Bitter salt}, Epsom salts; magnesium sulphate.
      {Bitter vetch} (Bot.), a name given to two European
            leguminous herbs, {Vicia Orobus} and {Ervum Ervilia}.
      {To the bitter end}, to the last extremity, however
      Syn: Acrid; sharp; harsh; pungent; stinging; cutting; severe;

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Bitter \Bit"ter\, n.
      Any substance that is bitter. See {Bitters}.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      Bitterness is symbolical of affliction, misery, and servitude
      (Ex. 1:14; Ruth 1:20; Jer. 9:15). The Chaldeans are called the
      "bitter and hasty nation" (Hab. 1:6). The "gall of bitterness"
      expresses a state of great wickedness (Acts 8:23). A "root of
      bitterness" is a wicked person or a dangerous sin (Heb. 12:15).
         The Passover was to be eaten with "bitter herbs" (Ex. 12:8;
      Num. 9:11). The kind of herbs so designated is not known.
      Probably they were any bitter herbs obtainable at the place and
      time when the Passover was celebrated. They represented the
      severity of the servitude under which the people groaned; and
      have been regarded also as typical of the sufferings of Christ.
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