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Definition 1: the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for bitter in the sense of this definition

(bitter is a kind of ...) a property appreciated via the sense of taste

(... is a kind of bitter ) a sharp bitterness

(... is a kind of bitter ) extreme bitterness

"the acridity of alkali"

Definition 2: the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for bitter in the sense of this definition

(bitter is a kind of ...) the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus

"the candy left him with a bad taste" "the melon had a delicious taste"

Definition 3: English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft) - [noun denoting food]

(bitter is a kind of ...) a general name for beer made with a top fermenting yeast; in some of the United States an ale is (by law) a brew of more than 4% alcohol by volume

(bitter belongs to a domain located in ...) a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom

Definition 4: make bitter - [verb of perception]

(bitter is a kind of ...) alter the flavor of

Definition 5: extremely and sharply - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where bitter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was bitterly cold
  • bitter cold

Synonyms for bitter in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bitter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a bitter struggle
  • bitter enemies

(bitter is similar to ...) characterized by enmity or ill will

"a hostile nation" "a hostile remark" "hostile actions"

Definition 7: very difficult to accept or bear - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bitter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the bitter truth
  • a bitter sorrow

(bitter is similar to ...) incapable of being tolerated or endured

"an intolerable degree of sentimentality"

Definition 8: causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bitter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bitter cold
  • a biting wind

Synonyms for bitter in the sense of this definition

(bitter is similar to ...) causing physical or psychological pain

"worked with painful slowness"

Definition 9: marked by strong resentment or cynicism - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bitter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an acrimonious dispute
  • bitter about the divorce

Synonyms for bitter in the sense of this definition

(bitter is similar to ...) full of or marked by resentment or indignant ill will

"resentful at the way he was treated" "a sullen resentful attitude"

Definition 10: expressive of severe grief or regret - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bitter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • shed bitter tears

(bitter is similar to ...) experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss

"sorrowful widows" "a sorrowful tale of death and despair" "sorrowful news" "even in laughter the heart is sorrowful"

Definition 11: causing a sharp and acrid taste experience - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bitter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • quinine is bitter

(bitter is similar to ...) pleasing to the sense of taste

"a tasty morsel"

Definition 12: harsh or corrosive in tone - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bitter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose
  • a barrage of acid comments
  • her acrid remarks make her many enemies
  • bitter words
  • blistering criticism
  • caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics
  • a sulfurous denunciation
  • a vitriolic critique

Synonyms for bitter in the sense of this definition

(bitter is similar to ...) offensive or disagreeable; causing discomfort or unhappiness

"an unpleasant personality" "unpleasant repercussions" "unpleasant odors"

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