bitterness Definition

  • 1a sharp, pungent taste or smell; the quality of being bitter
  • 2anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment

Using bitterness: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bitterness" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The bitterness of the medicine made it hard to swallow.

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    She couldn't hide the bitterness in her voice when she spoke about her ex-husband.

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    The bitterness between the two rival teams was palpable.

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    He felt a sense of bitterness towards his former employer for not promoting him.

bitterness Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for bitterness

Phrases with bitterness

  • an unpleasant fact or situation that is difficult to accept


    Losing the championship game was a bitter pill to swallow for the team.

  • the final, often unfortunate, outcome of a situation


    The company fought to the bitter end to avoid bankruptcy.

  • a mixture of happiness and sadness


    Graduation day was bittersweet for the students as they were happy to graduate but sad to leave their friends behind.


Summary: bitterness in Brief

Bitterness [ˈbɪtənəs] refers to a sharp, pungent taste or smell, as well as anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly. It can be used to describe the taste of medicine or food, as well as emotions such as resentment and displeasure. Common phrases include 'bitter pill to swallow,' 'bitter end,' and 'bittersweet.'

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