[ em-bit-er ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make bitter; cause to feel bitterness: Failure has embittered him.

  2. to make bitter or more bitter in taste.

Origin of embitter

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

Other words for embitter

Other words from embitter

  • em·bit·ter·er, noun
  • em·bit·ter·ment, noun
  • un·em·bit·tered, adjective

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How to use embitter in a sentence

  • And a severe, embittered struggle then took place in a heart that seemed strangely divided against itself.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • How would the involuntary accusation have been embittered, had he known that the Empress drew the same conclusion!

  • And she had struggled valiantly against becoming an embittered old maid; in the main, had succeeded.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • Her touch-word, 'scissors,' spoiled his finest bon mots, and embittered his grandest entertainment—it was flame to tow.

    Alone | Marion Harland
  • Prussia was regaining her strength too rapidly; her embittered hostility was an ever-increasing menace.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane

British Dictionary definitions for embitter


/ (ɪmˈbɪtə) /

  1. to make (a person) resentful or bitter

  2. to aggravate (an already hostile feeling, difficult situation, etc)

Derived forms of embitter

  • embittered, adjective
  • embitterer, noun
  • embitterment, noun

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