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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

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Forced to Cheer for Her Attacker Jessica Bennett September 14, 2011
My War Against Food Nazi Moms Laura Bennett January 2, 2009
This Is Obama’s U.N. Plan to Choke Off ISIS’s Recruits Kimberly Dozier September 21, 2014

Historical Examples

Talks To Farmers Charles Haddon Spurgeon
The Wives of The Dead Nathaniel Hawthorne
To Him That Hath Ralph Connor
Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
Pretty Geraldine, the New York Salesgirl Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller

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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