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embitter

[em-bit-er]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make bitter; cause to feel bitterness: Failure has embittered him.
  2. to make bitter or more bitter in taste.
Also imbitter.

Origin of embitter

First recorded in 1595–1605; em-1 + bitter
Related formsem·bit·ter·er, nounem·bit·ter·ment, nounun·em·bit·tered, adjective

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1. sour, rankle, envenom.
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embitter

verb (tr)
  1. to make (a person) resentful or bitter
  2. to aggravate (an already hostile feeling, difficult situation, etc)
Derived Formsembittered, adjectiveembitterer, nounembitterment, noun
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Word Origin and History for embittered

embitter

v.

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

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