adjective, bit·ter·er, bit·ter·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of bitter
Can be confusedbidder bitter
Examples from the Web for bitterness
But while his departure was “inexpressibly painful,” he never succumbed to bitterness.
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|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|DAILY BEAST
KIEV, Ukraine — The symbol of the Ukrainian revolution, the Maidan Square, is seething with bitterness and aggression these days.Kiev Set to Clean the Last “Occupy” Protestors Out of Maidan Square|Anna Nemtsova|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Some day, the armies of bitterness will all be going the same way,” he wrote in Grapes.
The English merchants and mariners had wrongs of their own, perpetually renewed, which fed the bitterness of their indignation.English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century|James Anthony Froude
Then he saw that she was crying in the bitterness of vexation, and swung round on his music-stool without getting up.The Nebuly Coat|John Meade Falkner
Miriam spoke unguardedly, but Evie was too preoccupied to notice the bitterness of the tone.The Wild Olive|Basil King
There was a dash of bitterness in this, which was a rare ingredient in Mara's conversation.The Pearl of Orr's Island|Harriet Beecher Stowe
The war was resumed with increase of bitterness in feeling, and of fury in action.Their Majesties' Servants (Volume 3 of 3)|John Doran
British Dictionary definitions for bitterness
Derived Formsbitterly, adverbbitterness, noun
Word Origin for bitter
Idioms and Phrases with bitterness
In addition to the idioms beginning with bitter
- bitter end
- bitter pill to swallow
- take the bitter with the sweet