Definition of bitterness in English:

bitterness

noun

  • 1Sharpness of taste; lack of sweetness:

    ‘the lime juice imparts a slight bitterness’
    • ‘The Chaudron Ale Quebecoise is a clear straw color with a very light pale malt flavor with pronounced hop bitterness.’
    • ‘However, supertasters may also snub vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, because they can detect a slight bitterness in their flavor as well.’
    • ‘A beer in which neither the sweetness of the malt nor the bitterness of the hops predominates.’
    sharpness, acidity, pungency, acridity, tartness, sourness, harshness, vinegariness, acerbity
    resentment, resentfulness, embitteredness, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, discontent, grudge, pique, indignation, sourness, rancour, spite, sullenness, churlishness, moroseness, petulance, peevishness, spleen, acrimony
    trauma, pain, painfulness, agony, grief
    intense cold, bitter cold, iciness, frostiness, chilliness, chill
    acrimony, hostility, antipathy, antagonism, enmity, animus, friction, virulence, anger, rancour, spite, spitefulness, vindictiveness, viciousness, vitriol, savagery, ferocity, hate, hatred, loathing, detestation, venom, poison, bile, nastiness, ill feeling, ill will, bad blood, malignity, malevolence
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  • 2Anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment:

    ‘he expressed bitterness over his dismissal without notice’
    • ‘That night of July 18, 1914, the immortal Darcy seemed to feel the bitterness of defeat less than his supporters did.’
    • ‘Yet the Browns harbour no bitterness towards Waugh over the destruction of their business.’
    • ‘Me, I'd be curled up in a fetal position in bed, railing against the bitterness of life.’
    • ‘Objections causes bitterness between clubs which takes years to get over.’
    • ‘The farmers, likewise, are relieved that the conflict has not moved to court, which would have kept alive a bitterness.’
    • ‘The old are often surprised by the anger of the young, and the privileged jolted by the suddenly revealed bitterness of the disadvantaged.’
    • ‘Haman was an individual who allowed a slight to build up inside him until he was eaten up with anger, revenge, and bitterness.’
    • ‘Chaber also knew how to transform his vulnerability into gratitude, to avoid conveying an impression of bitterness.’
    • ‘The bitterness of the dispute underscores what is at stake.’
    • ‘Meanwhile the weavers' strike still continued in all its bitterness.’
    • ‘Belittling the good reasons for breastfeeding is never justified to alleviate the guilt or unresolved bitterness for not being able.’
    • ‘Dr Abdullah felt that the current moment provided the best opportunity for wiping out the bitterness of the past.’
    • ‘Sarah won huge admiration in Ireland for her quiet dignity and refusal to feel bitterness.’
    • ‘Anger creates bitterness, which has great power.’
    • ‘Despite this calamity they managed to recount their story without any bitterness on the pilgrim walk.’
    • ‘Trueman's especial tragedy was to make public the bitterness that he felt at the passing of his youth.’
    • ‘Hillary is glad you are you are not holding on to bitterness, despite the financial loss.’
    • ‘I may come to feel in connection with my adversary that my bitterness is or has to be directed against a person.’
    • ‘That means linking up with the bitterness exploding around public sector pay.’
    • ‘Elizabeth could see an expression of bitterness cross Constance's features.’
    resentment, resentfulness, embitteredness, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, discontent, grudge, pique, indignation, sourness, rancour, spite, sullenness, churlishness, moroseness, petulance, peevishness, spleen, acrimony
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Pronunciation

bitterness

/ˈbɪtənəs/