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Dictionary definition for: Bitter

1. (n) English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)

2. (v) make bitter

3. (s) marked by strong resentment or cynicism; "an acrimonious dispute" "bitter about the divorce"

4. (r) extremely and sharply; "it was bitterly cold" "bitter cold"

5. (n) the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth

6. (s) very difficult to accept or bear; "the bitter truth" "a bitter sorrow"

7. (n) the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste

8. (s) harsh or corrosive in tone; "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

9. (s) one of the four basic taste sensations; sharp and disagreeable; like the taste of quinine

10. (s) expressive of severe grief or regret; "shed bitter tears"

11. (s) proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity; "a bitter struggle" "bitter enemies"

12. (s) causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold; "bitter cold" "a biting wind"

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