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[em-bit-er] /ɛmˈbɪt ər/
verb (used with object)
to make bitter; cause to feel bitterness:
Failure has embittered him.
to make bitter or more bitter in taste.
Also, imbitter.
Origin of embitter
First recorded in 1595-1605; em-1 + bitter
Related forms
embitterer, noun
embitterment, noun
unembittered, adjective
1. sour, rankle, envenom. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for embitter
Historical Examples
  • He has had much to embitter him,' he murmured, and straightway fainted again.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • What would this be but to embitter his reflections needlessly.

  • I care not what turn the thing may take; I 'll not embitter my life with this reflection.'

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • Lorand did not wish to embitter the poor girl by laughing in her face at her simplicity.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • And I will embitter thy life, and poison it, first: and then I will take it away.

  • I embitter your life, and you make—perhaps you cannot make mine happy.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • Reflect that you may gladden and beautify your lives, or embitter them, according as you now act.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • Its effect was to so embitter Palmer that he set about getting rid of Jake at once.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • The outbreak of hostilities often tends to embitter the strife of parties.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • It might embitter it all, but it could never prevent him from the outward act.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
British Dictionary definitions for embitter


verb (transitive)
to make (a person) resentful or bitter
to aggravate (an already hostile feeling, difficult situation, etc)
Derived Forms
embittered, adjective
embitterer, noun
embitterment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for embitter

c.1600, from em- + bitter. Now rare in its literal sense; figurative meaning first attested 1630s. Related: Embittered.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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