Definition of embitter in English:



[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective embittered
  • 1Cause (someone) to feel bitter or resentful.

    ‘he died an embittered man’
    • ‘Their father dies in a nursing home, ‘a lonely and embittered old man.’’
    • ‘Has your experience at the hands of Mr Howard embittered you?’
    • ‘He spent the final six years of his political career as a disengaged and at times embittered figure on the parliamentary backbench, finally retiring in 1996.’
    • ‘Although a solution was found, the experience has embittered me with the psychiatric establishment.’
    • ‘They single-handedly did more to embitter me toward opposing fans than anyone else in any sport, including Flyers fans and Duke fans.’
    • ‘He didn't let illness and divorce embitter him.’
    • ‘Pain embitters some people; their misery taints the lives of all around them.’
    • ‘He was deeply embittered when he retired in 1935.’
    • ‘The strike costs GM $2 billion, embitters workers, and ripples across the U.S. economy.’
    • ‘She found true love with a friend, while he is embittered and can't think of marrying ever again.’
    • ‘Those triumphs quickly turned sour when looting and lawlessness took over the thinly patrolled streets, embittering residents, stalling reconstruction and giving the insurgency a jump-start on the occupation authorities.’
    • ‘I mean, is this just the fact that he was fired, and so he's embittered?’
    • ‘Desmond Tutu said that long-suffering can embitter you, but it can also change you in a great way and Mandela has done the latter.’
    • ‘But the ritual requires that everyone, including the most embittered enemies, agree that it was all terribly outrageous.’
    • ‘Two of these women died in obscurity; the third died as a lonely, embittered figure who was nonetheless loved by millions.’
    • ‘Far from letting his wartime experiences embitter him towards other Europeans, he often talked about his great admiration for his German former adversaries, and his lasting affection for Italy and its people.’
    • ‘The perceptive and often compassionate way the series examines the forces that corrupt and embitter us - that can turn us into monsters, so to speak - raises this series above the conventional good-versus-evil horror yarn.’
    • ‘Unlike a few I know, I was not embittered as a result.’
    • ‘Further, the decision has the potential to embitter me to the point where I will actively campaign my classmates (which, as you know, had record levels of participation in alumni giving) to stop giving money, as well.’
    • ‘Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.’
    make bitter, make resentful, sour, anger, poison, envenom, make rancorous, jaundice, antagonize, vex, frustrate, alienate
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    1. 1.1literary Give a sharp or pungent taste or smell to.
      ‘the smell of orange zest and smoke embittered the air’