Definitions for: Bitterness


[n] a sharp and bitter manner
[n] the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
[n] the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
[n] a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will



Webster (1913) Definition: Bit"ter*ness, n. [AS. biternys; biter better + -nys
= -ness.]
1. The quality or state of being bitter, sharp, or acrid, in
either a literal or figurative sense; implacableness;
resentfulness; severity; keenness of reproach or sarcasm;
deep distress, grief, or vexation of mind.

The lip that curls with bitterness. --Percival.

I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. --Job
vii. 11.

2. A state of extreme impiety or enmity to God.

Thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond
of iniquity. --Acts viii.
23.

3. Dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to
apostasy.

Looking diligently, . . . lest any root of
bitterness springing up trouble you. --Heb. xii.
15.

Synonyms: acerbity, acrimony, bitter, bitter, gall, jaundice, rancor, rancour, resentment

See Also: acridity, acridness, disagreeableness, enmity, enviousness, envy, grievance, grudge, gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, heartburning, hostility, huffishness, ill will, pungency, score, sharpness, sulkiness, taste, taste perception, taste property, taste sensation, the green-eyed monster

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