KIEV, Ukraine — The symbol of the Ukrainian revolution, the Maidan Square, is seething with bitterness and aggression these days.
The announcement speech called Mandela a “moral authority” and praised his lack of bitterness despite decades of imprisonment.
A recent Le Monde feature, “Strauss-Kahnland Between Rage and bitterness,” rounded up his jaded political allies.
Three years on, the case remains unresolved, the wounds not yet cauterized, the bitterness still palpable.
"There is no question that there was a bitterness in Marvin's resignation," D'Souza told Christianity Today.
Why not ask a blessing on the cup of bitterness as well as upon the cup of thanksgiving?
The member from Vermont pursued Jim with the bitterness of a fanatic.
"I suppose we are all nowhere to-night," added Rupert, with a touch of bitterness in his voice.
And then his eyes fell on a face that gave a fresh stir to all the bitterness that was in him.
The thought that he had lost pretty Geraldine forever was bitterness to his heart.
Old English biter "bitter, sharp, cutting; angry, embittered; cruel," from Proto-Germanic *bitras- (cf. Old Saxon bittar, Old Norse bitr, Dutch bitter, Old High German bittar, German bitter, Gothic baitrs "bitter"), from PIE root *bheid- "to split" (cf. Old English bitan "to bite;" see bite (v.)). Evidently the meaning drifted in prehistoric times from "biting, of pungent taste," to "acrid-tasting." Used figuratively in Old English of states of mind and words. Related: Bitterly.
Bitterness is symbolical of affliction, misery, and servitude (Ex. 1:14; Ruth 1:20; Jer. 9:15). The Chaldeans are called the "bitter and hasty nation" (Hab. 1:6). The "gall of bitterness" expresses a state of great wickedness (Acts 8:23). A "root of bitterness" is a wicked person or a dangerous sin (Heb. 12:15). The Passover was to be eaten with "bitter herbs" (Ex. 12:8; Num. 9:11). The kind of herbs so designated is not known. Probably they were any bitter herbs obtainable at the place and time when the Passover was celebrated. They represented the severity of the servitude under which the people groaned; and have been regarded also as typical of the sufferings of Christ.