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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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  • It was soon clear that opinion had been embittered rather than silenced by the blow at Wilkes.

  • That struggle was not hurried and embittered by the bodily presence of the squire.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • In 1744 a Jesuit parish priest, Morales, by his despotic manner and arrogance, embittered the natives of his flock.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • I shall say nothing of the miseries which embittered the life of the diffident boy.

    Apologia Diffidentis W. Compton Leith
  • For more than a year still hostilities continued and, in parts of the South, embittered faction led to more bloodshed.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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