AskDefine | Define bitterness

Dictionary Definition



1 a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will [syn: resentment, gall, rancor, rancour]
2 a sharp and bitter manner [syn: acrimony, acerbity, jaundice]
3 the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth [syn: bitter]
4 the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste [syn: bitter]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. the quality of having a bitter taste
  2. the quality of feeling bitter; acrimony, resentment



quality of being bitter in taste
quality of feeling bitter

Extensive Definition

Bitter can refer to:
  • Bitter, one of the five basic tastes;
  • Bitter, a kind of ale particularly popular in Britain or
  • Bitters, an herbal preparation now used mostly in cocktails.
  • Bitter, a German car company
  • Bitterness, an emotion similar to resentment.
  • Francis Bitter, American physicist
  • Bitter Coat, A kind of clothing used in Brazilian ceremonies
  • Bitter, single by New Zealand band Shihad. Released in August of 1995, featured two b-sides: Bring your Friends and Just Like Everybody Else.
  • Bitter, an album by Me'shell Ndegeocello.
bitterness in German: Bitter (Begriffsklärung)
bitterness in French: Amertume
bitterness in Italian: Amaro (disambigua)
bitterness in Dutch: Bitter
bitterness in Norwegian: Bitter

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absolute zero, acerbity, aching heart, acid, acidity, acidness, acidulousness, acridity, acridness, acrimony, agony, agony of mind, algidity, anguish, animosity, animus, antagonism, apologies, asperity, astringence, astringency, attrition, ayenbite of inwit, bad blood, bale, bile, bite, bitingness, bitter feeling, bitter pill, bitter resentment, bitterness, bitterness of spirit, bleakness, bleeding heart, briskness, broken heart, causticity, causticness, cheerlessness, chill, chilliness, choler, cold, coldness, comfortlessness, contriteness, contrition, cool, coolness, coolth, corrosiveness, crispness, crushing, cryogenics, cryology, cuttingness, decrease in temperature, depression, depth of misery, desolation, despair, discomfort, dismalness, distress, distressfulness, dreariness, edge, enmity, extremity, feud, fierceness, freezing point, freshness, frigidity, frostiness, gall, gall and wormwood, gelidity, gnashing of teeth, grief, grievousness, grip, hard feelings, harshness, hatred, heartache, heartburning, heavy heart, hostility, iciness, ill blood, ill feeling, ill will, incisiveness, inclemency, infelicity, intense cold, joylessness, keenness, lamentability, lamentation, low temperature, melancholia, melancholy, misery, mordacity, mordancy, mournfulness, nip, nippiness, pain, painfulness, pathos, piercingness, piquancy, pitiability, pitiableness, pitifulness, poignancy, point, prostration, pungency, rancor, rankling, rawness, regret, regretfulness, regrets, regrettableness, regretting, remorse, remorse of conscience, remorsefulness, repining, resentment, rigor, roughness, sadness, severity, shame, shamefacedness, shamefastness, shamefulness, sharp air, sharpness, slow burn, soreness, sorriness, sorrow, sorrowfulness, sourness, spleen, stabbingness, sting, stridency, stringency, suicidal despair, tartness, teeth, trenchancy, vehemence, vendetta, venom, violence, virulence, vitriol, wistfulness, woe, woebegoneness, woefulness, wretchedness
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