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embitter

[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.
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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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Related Words

virulencyspiteacrimonymalicebitternessirevirulenceangeranimosityrancorindignation

Examples from the Web for embitterment

Historical Examples

  • On the way home he continued to murmur murmurs of embitterment to himself.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • Embitterment or wildness may exhibit itself, just as sorrow and softness, during the stay under arrest.

  • Street brawls arising out of the embitterment of feeling were not infrequent.

    Count Frontenac

    William Dawson LeSueur

  • Limerick is still a cardinal memory in the long story of Irish embitterment.

  • The old unhappy loss or want of something had, I am conscious, some place in my heart; but not to the embitterment of my life.


British Dictionary definitions for embitterment

embitter

verb (tr)
  1. to make (a person) resentful or bitter
  2. to aggravate (an already hostile feeling, difficult situation, etc)
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Derived Formsembittered, adjectiveembitterer, nounembitterment, noun
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Word Origin and History for embitterment

embitter

v.

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

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