a harsh, acrid taste that is one of the four basic taste sensations; a taste that is not sour, sweet, or salty:The beer’s initial flavor profile is a faint bitterness, with a lingering, slightly cloying sweetness.
a feeling of pain or distress: The bitter herbs at a Passover Seder are meant to remind us of the bitterness of slavery.
a feeling of antagonism, hostility, or resentfulness: There was no shortage of people expressing frustration and bitterness about the slow pace of the relief efforts.
- o·ver·bit·ter·ness, noun
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How to use bitterness in a sentence
Her recent analysis already shows that caffeine, theobromine and epicatechin, which all produce a bitter flavor, can help set apart one country’s chocolates from another’s.How does a crop’s environment shape a food’s smell and taste? | Carolyn Beans | September 10, 2020 | Science News
Tandoori-marinated fish and chips, avocado fried rice, and cocktails spiked with ingredients like cardamom bitters and lemongrass liqueurs keep things familiar but still adventurous.Pre-pandemic, Kuala Lumpur’s hospitality scene was heating up with new design-forward boutique hotels | Rachel King | September 5, 2020 | Fortune
At London’s American Bar at The Savoy, a housemade salted chestnut liqueur is the star of the Radio Hurricane cocktail, which also contains bourbon, Pedro Ximénez sherry, dry vermouth, toasted oak bitters, and lime.
That’s right, the bitter rival of his hometown University of Texas.
Some known taste cells respond to only one compound, for instance, detecting sweet sucralose or bitter caffeine.Newly discovered cells in mice can sense four of the five tastes | Carolyn Wilke | August 13, 2020 | Science News
But while his departure was “inexpressibly painful,” he never succumbed to bitterness.
At its worst, The Stranger merely recycles the biases, conventional wisdom, and cynical bitterness of inside-the-beltway habitués.
Perhaps some of that solitude and bitterness found its way into Alec Leamas.The Stacks: How The Berlin Wall Inspired John le Carré’s First Masterpiece | John le Carré | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His self-doubt prompts him to exert more control and project bitterness.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero | Regina Lizik | October 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A U.S. diplomat once spoke with bitterness of the breadth of his power when negotiating with an uncooperative dictator.This Is Obama’s U.N. Plan to Choke Off ISIS’s Recruits | Kimberly Dozier | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bernard sat thinking for a long time; at first with a good deal of mortification—at last with a good deal of bitterness.Confidence | Henry James
A pang, a bitterness that lasted for a day or for a year—and the gap would be filled again by some one else.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
He recalled the old bitterness and the old antagonism, and for a moment he almost lost his temper.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
In the first moments of her bitterness and anger, the voice had added, "Nigel shall pay me for this."Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
To this there was no response, the stranger thinking with bitterness that his trip was anything but one of pleasure.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes