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English adjective: bitter

1. bitter marked by strong resentment or cynicism


SamplesAn acrimonious dispute.
Bitter about the divorce.


Synonymsacrimonious


Similarresentful


Antonymsunresentful

2. bitter very difficult to accept or bear


SamplesThe bitter truth.
A bitter sorrow.


Similarintolerable, unbearable, unendurable


Antonymstolerable

3. bitter harsh or corrosive in tone


SamplesAn acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose.
A barrage of acid comments.
Her acrid remarks make her many enemies.
Bitter words.
Blistering criticism.
Caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics.
A sulfurous denunciation.
A vitriolic critique.


Synonymsacerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic


Similarunpleasant


Antonymspleasant

4. bitter expressive of severe grief or regret


SamplesShed bitter tears.


Similarsorrowful


Antonymsjoyful

5. bitter proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity


SamplesA bitter struggle.
Bitter enemies.


Similarhostile


Antonymsamicable

6. bitter causing a sharp and acrid taste experience


SamplesQuinine is bitter.


Similartasty


Antonymstasteless

7. bitter causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold


SamplesBitter cold.
A biting wind.


Synonymsbiting


Similarpainful


Antonymspainless


English noun: bitter

1. bitter (food) English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)


Broader (hypernym)ale


Domain regionBritain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

2. bitter (cognition) the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth


Synonymsbitterness


Broader (hypernym)gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation

3. bitter (attribute) the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste


Synonymsbitterness


Broader (hypernym)taste property


Narrower (hyponym)acerbity, acridity, acridness


English adverb: bitter

1. bitter extremely and sharply


SamplesIt was bitterly cold.
Bitter cold.


Synonymsbitingly, bitterly, piercingly


English verb: bitter

1. bitter (perception) make bitter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change taste









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