Definition of bitterness in US English:

bitterness

noun

  • 1Sharpness of taste; lack of sweetness.

    ‘the lime juice imparts a slight bitterness’
    • ‘A beer in which neither the sweetness of the malt nor the bitterness of the hops predominates.’
    • ‘However, supertasters may also snub vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, because they can detect a slight bitterness in their flavor as well.’
    • ‘The Chaudron Ale Quebecoise is a clear straw color with a very light pale malt flavor with pronounced hop bitterness.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Me, I'd be curled up in a fetal position in bed, railing against the bitterness of life.’
    • ‘Anger creates bitterness, which has great power.’
    • ‘That means linking up with the bitterness exploding around public sector pay.’
    • ‘Elizabeth could see an expression of bitterness cross Constance's features.’
    • ‘Hillary is glad you are you are not holding on to bitterness, despite the financial loss.’
    • ‘Despite this calamity they managed to recount their story without any bitterness on the pilgrim walk.’
    • ‘Yet the Browns harbour no bitterness towards Waugh over the destruction of their business.’
    • ‘The old are often surprised by the anger of the young, and the privileged jolted by the suddenly revealed bitterness of the disadvantaged.’
    • ‘Trueman's especial tragedy was to make public the bitterness that he felt at the passing of his youth.’
    • ‘Sarah won huge admiration in Ireland for her quiet dignity and refusal to feel bitterness.’
    • ‘Chaber also knew how to transform his vulnerability into gratitude, to avoid conveying an impression of bitterness.’
    • ‘Haman was an individual who allowed a slight to build up inside him until he was eaten up with anger, revenge, and bitterness.’
    • ‘That night of July 18, 1914, the immortal Darcy seemed to feel the bitterness of defeat less than his supporters did.’
    • ‘Dr Abdullah felt that the current moment provided the best opportunity for wiping out the bitterness of the past.’
    • ‘Belittling the good reasons for breastfeeding is never justified to alleviate the guilt or unresolved bitterness for not being able.’
    • ‘The bitterness of the dispute underscores what is at stake.’
    • ‘I may come to feel in connection with my adversary that my bitterness is or has to be directed against a person.’
    • ‘Meanwhile the weavers' strike still continued in all its bitterness.’
    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

/ˈbɪdərnəs//ˈbidərnəs/