having a harsh, disagreeably acrid taste, like that of aspirin, quinine, wormwood, or aloes.
producing one of the four basic taste sensations; not sour, sweet, or salt.
hard to bear; grievous; distressful:
a bitter sorrow.
causing pain; piercing; stinging:
a bitter chill.
characterized by intense antagonism or hostility:
bitter hatred.
hard to admit or accept:
a bitter lesson.
resentful or cynical:
bitter words.
that which is bitter; bitterness:
Learn to take the bitter with the sweet.
British. a very dry ale having a strong taste of hops.
to make bitter:
herbs employed to bitter vermouth.
extremely; very; exceedingly:
a bitter cold night.
Contemporary Examples

Somalia Famine Aid Stolen: U.N. August 12, 2011
The Greatest Football Player That Never Was Buzz Bissinger February 9, 2011
Fiscal Cliff Hostage Situation Day 14: The Thelma & Louise Caucus Daniel Gross November 20, 2012
Suicide at The Globe Alex S. Jones June 9, 2009
Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up Tom Boswell September 26, 2014

Historical Examples

O Pioneers! Willa Cather
Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
Curiosities of Impecuniosity H. G. Somerville
The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
A Bride of the Plains Baroness Emmuska Orczy

having or denoting an unpalatable harsh taste, as the peel of an orange or coffee dregs Compare sour (sense 1)
showing or caused by strong unrelenting hostility or resentment: he was still bitter about the divorce
difficult or unpleasant to accept or admit: a bitter blow
cutting; sarcastic: bitter words
bitingly cold: a bitter night
very; extremely (esp in the phrase bitter cold)
a thing that is bitter
(Brit) beer with a high hop content, with a slightly bitter taste
to make or become bitter

bitter end
bitter pill to swallow


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