Bitterly



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

How Thatcher’s Ideology Threatens To Kill Zionism Samuel Lebens April 17, 2013
The Harvard Video That Reveals Obama as a Radical … Conformist David Frum March 8, 2012
Neal Schon and Michaele Salahi Are Tying the Knot and You Can Pay to Watch Lloyd Grove December 6, 2013
India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux Kranti Rai March 21, 2014
Mass Murder in the Holy City Michael Tomasky November 17, 2014

Historical Examples

The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
Paul Clifford, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind Herbert George Wells

adjective
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
adverb
very; extremely (esp in the phrase bitter cold)
noun
a thing that is bitter
(Brit) beer with a high hop content, with a slightly bitter taste
verb
to make or become bitter
adj.

bitter end
bitter pill to swallow

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