v. t.1.To make bitter; hence, to make distressing or more distressing; to make sad, morose, sour, or malignant.
[imp. & p. p. Imbittered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Imbittering.]
Is there anything that more imbitters the enjoyment of this life than shame?
- South.
Imbittered against each other by former contests.
- Bancroft.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
charms; and with wasted health and imbittered heart,
Imbittered by that knowledge, my next harsh word may be harsher still.
So far from feeling any consideration for you , she was only additionally imbittered toward you.
they must derive from Union an exemption from those broils and Wars between themselves, which so frequently afflict neighbouring countries, not tied together by the same government; which their own rivalships alone would be sufficient to produce, but which opposite foreign alliances, attachments and intriegues would stimulate and imbitter. Hence likewise they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown Military establishments, which under any form of Government are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty: In this sense it is, that your Union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other.
John Woodhouse, a Presbyterian, argued how divisions among Protestants were the work of their enemies: "Differences of smaller amounts, have, by the Skill of Rome, and Hell, been so managed, as to divide and imbitter the Hearts of good Men ...
Slavery complicates, according to James, familial relationships because "parental fondness is imbittered by considering, that, if their children live, they must live to be slaves like themselves; no time is allowed to exercise their pious office." (155).
In describing the Green Corn ceremony, for example, Adair made reference to the central plaza as a "holy square," from which the "impure were excluded."(63) Adair related the ceremonial drink of this rite (often referred to as the "black drink") to purification as well, noting that "the religious attendants boil a sufficient quantity of button-snake-root highly imbittered, and give it round pretty warm, in order to vomit and purge their sinful bodies.
To visit the parishioners in their own houses was impracticable; for they were so imbittered against me, that there was scarcely one that would admit me into his house.[9]