embitter

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. embezzle,
  2. embezzlement,
  3. embezzler,
  4. embiid,
  5. embiotocid,
  6. embittered,
  7. embla,
  8. emblaze,
  9. emblazon,
  10. emblazoned

Also imbitter.

Origin of embitter

First recorded in 1595–1605; em-1 + bitter

Related formsem·bit·ter·er, nounem·bit·ter·ment, nounun·em·bit·tered, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for embittered

embitter

/ (ɪmˈbɪtə) /

verb (tr)

to make (a person) resentful or bitter
to aggravate (an already hostile feeling, difficult situation, etc)
Derived Formsembittered, adjectiveembitterer, nounembitterment, noun

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Word Origin and History for embittered

embitter

v.

c.1600, from em- + bitter. Now rare in its literal sense; figurative meaning first attested 1630s. Related: Embittered.

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