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:
hard to admit or accept:
a bitter lesson.
resentful or cynical:
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.
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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 pill to swallow
See under almond (def 1). the nutlike kernel of the fruit of either of two trees, Prunus dulcis (sweet almond) or P. dulcis amara (bitter almond) which grow in warm temperate regions. the tree itself. a delicate, pale tan. anything shaped like an almond, especially an ornament. of the color, taste, or shape of an […]
almond oil (def 2). Historical Examples Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
colocynth (defs 1, 2). noun another name for colocynth
an evergreen shrub, Purshia tridentata, of western North America, having bitter three-toothed leaves and yellow flowers, valuable for forage. Historical Examples The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael Comparative Ecology of Pinyon Mice and Deer Mice in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado Charles L. Douglas