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
a liquid, often an alcoholic liquor, in which bitter herbs or roots have steeped, used as a flavoring, especially in mixed drinks, or as a tonic. Pharmacology. a liquid, usually alcoholic, impregnated with a bitter medicine, as gentian or quassia, used to increase the appetite or as a tonic. bitter medicinal substances in general, as […]
both bitter and sweet to the taste: bittersweet chocolate. both pleasant and painful or regretful: a bittersweet memory. Also called woody nightshade. a climbing or trailing plant, Solanum dulcamara, of the nightshade family, having small, violet, star-shaped flowers with a protruding yellow center and scarlet berries. Also called climbing bittersweet. any climbing plant of the […]
one of the indentations on the bit of a key. Machinery. a removable drilling or boring tool for use in a brace, drill press, or the like. a removable boring head used on certain kinds of drills, as a rock drill. a device for drilling oil wells or the like, consisting of a horizontally rotating […]
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