adjective, bit·ter·er, bit·ter·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of bitter
Synonyms for bitter
Examples from the Web for bitterness
Contemporary Examples of bitterness
But while his departure was “inexpressibly painful,” he never succumbed to bitterness.The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
John Henry Crosby
December 26, 2014
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
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
September 22, 2014
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
August 8, 2014
“Some day, the armies of bitterness will all be going the same way,” he wrote in Grapes.Is There a Ma Joad for the Piketty Era?
July 1, 2014
Historical Examples of bitterness
Then, the bitterness of Garson's soul was revealed by the fierceness in his voice as he replied.
Her words rushed forth with a bitterness that was the cover of her distress.
She remembered the bitterness of her month's exile, and its probable cause.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
While Margaret groaned in bitterness, she heard a knock at the street door.The Wives of The Dead
We who were near to Helen have been slow to recover from the shock and the bitterness of her death.The Bacillus of Beauty
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