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Meaning & Definition of Bitter in English

English

Bitter

/bɪtər/

noun

1. English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)

    synonym:
  • bitter

2. The taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth

    synonym:
  • bitter
  • ,
  • bitterness

3. The property of having a harsh unpleasant taste

    synonym:
  • bitterness
  • ,
  • bitter

verb

1. Make bitter

    synonym:
  • bitter

adjective

1. Marked by strong resentment or cynicism

  • "An acrimonious dispute"
  • "Bitter about the divorce"
    synonym:
  • acrimonious
  • ,
  • bitter

2. Very difficult to accept or bear

  • "The bitter truth"
  • "A bitter sorrow"
    synonym:
  • bitter

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:
  • acerb
  • ,
  • acerbic
  • ,
  • acid
  • ,
  • acrid
  • ,
  • bitter
  • ,
  • blistering
  • ,
  • caustic
  • ,
  • sulfurous
  • ,
  • sulphurous
  • ,
  • virulent
  • ,
  • vitriolic

4. Expressive of severe grief or regret

  • "Shed bitter tears"
    synonym:
  • bitter

5. Proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity

  • "A bitter struggle"
  • "Bitter enemies"
    synonym:
  • bitter

6. Causing a sharp and acrid taste experience

  • "Quinine is bitter"
    synonym:
  • bitter

7. Causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation

  • Used especially of cold
  • "Bitter cold"
  • "A biting wind"
    synonym:
  • biting
  • ,
  • bitter

adverb

1. Extremely and sharply

  • "It was bitterly cold"
  • "Bitter cold"
    synonym:
  • piercingly
  • ,
  • bitterly
  • ,
  • bitingly
  • ,
  • bitter

Examples of using

It's so bitter.
Cocoa can be very bitter.
It's a bitter pill to swallow.