Definition of bitterness in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɪtənəs/


1Sharpness of taste; lack of sweetness: the lime juice imparts a slight bitterness
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  • A beer in which neither the sweetness of the malt nor the bitterness of the hops predominates.
  • The Chaudron Ale Quebecoise is a clear straw color with a very light pale malt flavor with pronounced hop bitterness.
  • However, supertasters may also snub vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, because they can detect a slight bitterness in their flavor as well.
resentment, resentfulness, embitteredness, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, discontent, grudge, pique, indignation, sourness, rancour, spite, sullenness, churlishness, moroseness, petulance, peevishness, spleen, acrimony
unpleasantness, disagreeableness, nastiness, awfulness;
intense cold, bitter cold, iciness, frostiness, chilliness, chill;
penetration, intensity, bite, nip, sting, sharpness, keenness, rawness, harshness, wintriness
British informal parkiness
literary or archaic choler
2Anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment: he expressed bitterness over his dismissal without notice
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  • Meanwhile the weavers' strike still continued in all its bitterness.
  • That night of July 18, 1914, the immortal Darcy seemed to feel the bitterness of defeat less than his supporters did.
  • Me, I'd be curled up in a fetal position in bed, railing against the bitterness of life.

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