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  Dictionary Definition of bitter

bitter
adjective
1. having a harsh, disagreeable taste, like that of quinine.
2. hard to admit or receive: a bitter lesson.
3. hard to bear; grievous; distressful: a bitter sorrow.
4. causing pain; piercing; stinging: bitter cold.
5. characterised by intense animosity: bitter hatred.
6. harsh; sarcastic; cutting: bitter words.
-- noun
7. that which is bitter; bitterness.
8. Chiefly Brit. a lager or ale type of beer brewed with additional hops for extra bitterness.
-- verb (t)
9. to make bitter.
[OE biter; akin to BITE ]
-- bitterish, adjective -- bitterly, adverb -- bitterness, noun