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bit·ter

 (bĭt′ər)
adj. bit·ter·er, bit·ter·est
1. Having or being a taste that is sharp, acrid, and unpleasant.
2. Causing a sharply unpleasant, painful, or stinging sensation; harsh: enveloped in bitter cold; a bitter wind.
3. Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear: the bitter truth; bitter sorrow.
4. Proceeding from or exhibiting strong animosity: a bitter struggle; bitter foes.
5. Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish, or disappointment: cried bitter tears.
6. Marked by resentment or cynicism: "He was already a bitter elderly man with a gray face" (John Dos Passos).
adv.
In an intense or harsh way; bitterly: a bitter cold night.
tr.v. bit·tered, bit·ter·ing, bit·ters
To make bitter.
n.
1. That which is bitter: "all words ... / Failing to give the bitter of the sweet" (Tennyson).
2. bitters A bitter, usually alcoholic liquid made with herbs or roots and used in cocktails or as a tonic.
3. Chiefly British A sharp-tasting beer made with hops.

[Middle English, from Old English; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.]

bit′ter·ly adv.
bit′ter·ness n.
Synonyms: bitter, acerbic, acrid
These adjectives mean unpleasantly sharp or pungent in taste or smell: a bitter cough syrup; a cheap, acerbic wine; acrid smoke.

bitters

(ˈbɪtəz)
pl n
1. (Brewing) bitter-tasting spirits of varying alcoholic content flavoured with plant extracts
2. (Pharmacology) a similar liquid containing a bitter-tasting substance, used as a tonic to stimulate the appetite or improve digestion

bit•ters

(ˈbɪt ərz)

n. (used with a pl. v.)
1. a usu. alcoholic liquor flavored with bitter herbs and used in mixed drinks or as a tonic.
2.
a. a usu. alcoholic liquid impregnated with a bitter medicine, as gentian or quassia, used to increase the appetite or as a tonic.
b. bitter medicinal substances in general, as quinine.
[1705–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bitters - alcoholic liquor flavored with bitter herbs and roots
booze, hard drink, hard liquor, John Barleycorn, liquor, spirits, strong drink - an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented
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The roofs shall fade before it, The house-beams shall fall, And the Karela, the bitter Karela, Shall cover it all!
Drink it and I'll give you a lump of sugar to take the bitter taste from your mouth.
But let senora the Distressed One proceed; for I suspect she has got yet to tell us the bitter part of this so far sweet story.
And being bold as bitter, and having set hold with hatred upon Wolsey, he in another poem called Why come ye not to Court?
On that occasion the bitter taste of a stranding was not for my mouth.
While I acknowledge the success of the present work to have been greater than I anticipated, and the praises it has elicited from a few kind critics to have been greater than it deserved, I must also admit that from some other quarters it has been censured with an asperity which I was as little prepared to expect, and which my judgment, as well as my feelings, assures me is more bitter than just.
Could the patriots have known how bitter were their regrets, they would have forgiven them all their evil deeds, and sent a blessing after them as they sailed away from their native shore.
He watched jealously Rose's companionship with others; and though he knew it was unreasonable could not help sometimes saying bitter things to him.
These are bitter words, sir knight," said Prince Edward, with an angry frown.
Bowed to the earth with bitter woe Or laughing at some raree-show We flutter idly to and fro.
Shed down a kindly ray from above upon my life, and strength of war, that I may be able to drive away bitter cowardice from my head and crush down the deceitful impulses of my soul.
He folded his arms, tightly pressed in his lips, but a whole volcano of bitter feelings burned in his bosom, and sent streams of fire through his veins.