• Bitters being chased by a rooster
    Bitters being chased by a rooster
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bitterness a rough and bitter manner
    • n bitterness the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
    • n bitterness the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
    • n bitterness a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People over the age of fifty will start to lose their dislike for foods that taste bitter
    • Bitterness A state of extreme impiety or enmity to God. "Thou art in the gall of bitterness , and in the bond of iniquity."
    • Bitterness Dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to apostasy. "Looking diligently, . . . lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you."
    • Bitterness The quality or state of being bitter, sharp, or acrid, in either a literal or figurative sense; implacableness; resentfulness; severity; keenness of reproach or sarcasm; deep distress, grief, or vexation of mind. "The lip that curls with bitterness .""I will complain in the bitterness of my soul."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Beer has a bitter taste and slightly pungent aroma because of lupulin, a substance found in hops.
    • n bitterness The state or quality of being bitter, in any of the senses of that word.
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  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “False friends are worse than bitter enemies.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Oh, what a bitter thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.”
  • Helen Hunt Jackson
    Helen Hunt Jackson
    “Oh, write of me, not Died in bitter pains, but Emigrated to another star!”
  • Wilfred T. Grenfell
    Wilfred T. Grenfell
    “Oh, how bitter it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet.”
  • A.L. Williams
    A.L. Williams
    “You can give in to the failure messages and be a bitter deadbeat of excuses. Or you can choose to be happy and positive and excited about life.”


Bitter end - If you do something to the bitter end, you do it to the very end, no matter how unsuccessful you are.
Bitter pill to swallow - A bitter pill to swallow is something that is hard to accept.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. biternys,; biter, better + -nys, = -ness,


In literature:

We had to stand out and saw ice in the bitter wind, which seemed to pierce to the very marrow of our bones.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
It is bitter to leave our fathers hearth for the first time; bitter is the eve of our return, when a thousand fears rise in our haunted souls.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Suddenly the voice of a stranger roused Tessibel from her bitter meditation.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Mrs. Gunilla, however, looked very bitter; and the Candidate, nothing daunted, began again.
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
Bitter, however, was the disappointment which awaited us when the morning broke, and we looked out eagerly for the land.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Quality good, though the extremities are sometimes bitter.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
She ceased to mock so bitterly at Nathanael's brother and her own once-honoured friend.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
By New Year's morning, however, the numbers were admitting, bitterly, their defeat.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
They were green-like of rind and bitter sour, but I heeded not, eating the last before I was satisfied.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Every sentence smote her with bitter regret, even with shame, as though it were her fault in having given to the world the wretched child.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)

In poetry:

But each must tread alone
The wine-press of his life;
Into each cup by Fate is thrown
The bitter drops of strife.
"To Hon. Jesse Holdom Of Chicago," by John Lawson Stoddard
No! my face a marble bust!
As the Sphynx, impassioned, stern!--
Passions hid, as in an urn,
Burnt to bitter dust!
"Perle Des Jardins" by Madison Julius Cawein
The child moans; the hours slip
Bitterly over her head:
In a gray dusk, the tears drip;
Mother is up there—dead.
"One Day" by Archibald Lampman
The poor must go in bitter thrift,
The poor must give in pain,
But ever did she get a gift
To greet His day again.
"The Gentlest Lady" by Dorothy Parker
Who flings me silly talk of May
Shall meet a bitter soul;
For June was nearly spent away
Before my heart was whole.
"The False Friends" by Dorothy Parker
So might I still with eager joy
Expect my child's return;
And not, as now, his hapless fate
In bitter sorrow mourn.
"A Ballad" by Jane Bowdler

In news:

Next week, though, Bitter Truth will release in the United States its own Creole Bitters .
Bitters in Your Sweets.
" Bitter pill to take.".
"But Avery is doing us a favor by doing a crafted, bartender-y bitter .".
"And hops are bitter ," making it a good match for the grapefruit.
Adlin and Appleford Disappoint on 'Jaundice Bitters '.
And that may be what makes Jaundice Bitters a little too hard to swallow.
He discovered that a chemical compound extracted from a Chinese fruit, called the monk fruit, helped block bitter tastes in drinks and vegetables.
Politicians — even bitter rivals — have a penchant for pulling punches in public, especially on the floor of legislative chambers, where they try, often through gritted teeth, to at least pretend to be civil.
Obama's victory a bitter and jagged pill for Republicans -- so what now.
The conservative LDP, which suffered a bitter defeat to Noda's Democratic Party of Japan three years ago, has led recent polls.
But strangely, neither change looked quite as extreme as Rooney Mara walking around New York City with brown ombré hair and a plain trench-coat while filming Bitter Pill.
The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth that Led to an American Tragedy.
1 1/2 pounds escarole, radicchio, endive or other bitter green or vegetable.
After more than one year of bitter, partisan and often insipid fighting, the healthcare reform legislation that President Barack Obama signed last week is now the law of the land .

In science:

This situation was filled with perjury, disputation, and bitterness.
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
Low temperatures are achieved using a 3H e/4H e dilution refrigerator, while the magnetic field is provided either by a superconducting solenoid or a Bitter magnet, or a combination of the two.
Flatland Electrons in High Magnetic Fields
Satellite line intensities were compared with calculations using Thomas-Fermi (Dubau et al., 1981) and Z-expansion (Bitter et al., 1984), and ∼10% difference is found.
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
Such a measurement was carried out by Bitter et al. (1979) for He-like Fe in tokamak.
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
Of all parts of carrying out research, from having an idea, to scaring up money and colleagues, to the bitter end of going uncited, the least pleasant part is surely the proof reading.
Astrophysics in 2006