bitter

bitter
bit|ter1 W3S3 [ˈbıtə US -ər] adj
[: Old English; Origin: biter]
1.) feeling angry, jealous, and upset because you think you have been treated unfairly
→↑bitterly bitter about
I feel very bitter about what has happened.
a bitter and vindictive old man
2.) [only before noun]
making you feel very unhappy and upset
→↑bitterly
a bitter disappointment/blow
If he failed, it would be a bitter disappointment to his parents.
His photo stirred up bitter memories.
from bitter experience
(=because of your own very unpleasant experiences)
She knew from bitter experience that it would be impossible to talk it over with Julian.
3.) a bitter argument, battle etc is one in which people oppose or criticize each other with strong feelings of hate and anger
bitter dispute/battle/struggle etc
The couple are locked in a bitter battle for custody of the children.
The government faces bitter opposition to these policies.
The countries are still bitter enemies .
4.) having a sharp strong taste like black coffee without sugar
→↑sour; sweet
Enjoy the beer's bitter taste as you slowly drink it.
bitter chocolate
5.) unpleasantly cold
→↑bitterly
a bitter wind
the bitter cold of the Midwestern winters
6.) to the bitter end
continuing until the end, even though this is difficult
Employees have vowed to fight the closure to the bitter end .
7.) a bitter pill (to swallow)
something very unpleasant that you must accept
The knowledge that his friends no longer trusted him was a bitter pill to swallow.
>bitterness n [U]
bitter 2
bitter2 n
1.) [U and C] BrE
a type of dark beer that is popular in Britain, or a glass of this
A pint of bitter, please.
2.) bitters[U]
a strong bitter liquid made from plants that is added to alcoholic drinks

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