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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BITTER

Mauburn had gone to his room to be alone with this bitter news.

"Let that pass, sir," continued the stranger, with a bitter smile.

Well, since rhyming's been my ruin, let me rhyme to the bitter end.

She could be fierce and wicked; she is ignorant and bitter about many things; I am afraid for her.

Couldst see by his cheek and eye that he is as bitter as verjuice.

"And they come from a bitter heart," answered the unknown knight.

"These are bitter words, sir knight," said Prince Edward, with an angry frown.

I have had bitter experiences of late; this has been the worst, yet in a way the most fortunate.

And if you ask as friends, you have done us bitter wrong, by attacking us unprovoked.

It is bitter in Baudelaire, sweet and plaintive in Lamartine, mystic in Verlaine.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English biter "bitter, sharp, cutting; angry, embittered; cruel," from Proto-Germanic *bitras- (cf. Old Saxon bittar, Old Norse bitr, Dutch bitter, Old High German bittar, German bitter, Gothic baitrs "bitter"), from PIE root *bheid- "to split" (cf. Old English bitan "to bite;" see bite (v.)). Evidently the meaning drifted in prehistoric times from "biting, of pungent taste," to "acrid-tasting." Used figuratively in Old English of states of mind and words. Related: Bitterly.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BITTER

alkaline

adjectivebeing basic, not acid (chemically)
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