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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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  • But the course of his life had reacted on others and embittered their existence.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • But the Wee Folk were under a cloud; sceptical hints had embittered the chalice.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • But he lived on, embittered, vengeful, with gall in his veins instead of blood.

  • I'd sooner be dead and buried than let my life be embittered so by my property.

    Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit) Frank Wedekind
  • Besides, he is embittered thereby, and only the more likely to refuse.

British Dictionary definitions for embittered


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
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Word Origin and History for embittered



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

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