adjective, bit·ter·er, bit·ter·est.
verb (used with object)
- bitter almond,
- bitter almond oil,
- bitter apple,
- bitter cassava,
- bitter cress
Origin of bitter
Examples from the Web for bitterly
The one and indivisible capital of Israel has not been this bitterly divided since 1967.
ISIS and al Qaeda bitterly split earlier this year, and have since attacked one another on occasions.Al Qaeda Plotters in Syria ‘Went Dark,’ U.S. Spies Say|Eli Lake|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A bitterly partisan public discourse also developed in 18th-century England.
Officials are bitterly divided over two diametrically opposed strategies.Inspectors Uncover UK Schools Pushing Radical Islamic Agendas|Nico Hines|June 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A decision the government would come to bitterly regret over the coming decades.
The ministers were bitterly reproached for employing Germans and Indians.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt
Much and bitterly did she weep over her cursed existence, and earnestly prayed that she might be liberated from her tormentor.Tales of the Wonder Club, Volume II|Alexander Huth
One bitterly cold night we were sitting around a blazing coal fire in the library.Saxe Holm's Stories|Helen Hunt Jackson
She sent milles tendresses to her chrie, and bitterly regretted that she was not well enough to leave the carriage.Robert Orange|John Oliver Hobbes
They were bitterly disappointed, but were they not tried and trusted Regulars?New Zealanders at Gallipoli|Major Fred Waite
Word Origin for bitter
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bitter
- bitter end
- bitter pill to swallow
- take the bitter with the sweet