- 1Having a sharp, pungent taste or smell; not sweet: the raw berries have an intensely bitter flavorMore example sentences
- They all exhibit sour, salty, sweet, and bitter tastes or can be any combination of the four.
- I sniffed at the mix of soap and sharp bitter smells.
- Chamomile flower (Matricaria spp.) has a pleasantly bitter and sweet taste.
- 1.1(Of chocolate) dark and unsweetened.More example sentences
- I do like a few chunks of very dark, bitter chocolate, however, especially when paired with a suitable wine.
- From a nutritional perspective, I think dark, bitter chocolate gets the edge because it is relatively low in sugar.
- A starkly savoury wine, this Vacqueyras has a cool, sweet bouquet and a wash with dark bitter chocolate tones, raspberry and spice.
- 2(Of people or their feelings or behavior) angry, hurt, or resentful because of one’s bad experiences or a sense of unjust treatment: I don’t feel jealous or bitterMore example sentences
- Mix in a third person and there are going to be hurt feelings and bitter resentment over not getting the pork fried rice.
- And there is anger as well as joy, bitter resentment as well as compassion, above all a sense of nagging grief.
- It would be easy to have negative feelings at this moment in time but I think you only hurt yourself and become bitter and resentful.
- 2.1(Of a conflict, argument, or opponent) full of anger and acrimony: a bitter, five-year legal battleMore example sentences
- Those veterans had served in several conflicts including the bitter in-fighting of Algeria and the desert war in the Sahara.
- Unsurprisingly, her first full international against bitter rivals England in 1973 is one she will always remember.
- The predicted bitter disputes - legal, constitutional and inter-party - have not materialised.
- 3(Often used for emphasis) painful or unpleasant to accept or contemplate: today’s decision has come as a bitter blowMore example sentences
- While defeat to the bottom team is a bitter blow, and a cruel disappointment at the end of a four game winning sequence, it is not a cue for despair.
- It was a bitter blow, because we're ranked second in Europe and I'm sure we would have done well.
- The news will have come as a bitter blow to council chiefs who were hoping to improve upon their ‘weak’ assessment after the first preliminary report emerged this summer.
- 4(Of wind, cold, or weather) intensely cold: a bitter wind blowing from the eastMore example sentences
- If we can afford it, we escape the cold and bitter winds of northern Alberta to the soul-restoring warmth and relaxation of the tropics.
- The capital is again bearing the brunt of the bitter weather with freezing winds, rain and hail showers.
- Cold nights, bitter rain, the fear of predators, nothing would make me take that final step inside.
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- 1British Beer that is strongly flavored with hops and has a bitter taste.More example sentences
- Lager and bitter are different types of beer, commercially more different than red and white wine, but perhaps not as different as whisky and gin.
- Beers include Fullers' London Pride and the local Warwickshire beer, Castle bitter.
- Once they have been paid, they will head straight for the nearest public house and a pint of best bitter.
- 2 (bitters) [treated as singular] Liquor that is flavored with the sharp pungent taste of plant extracts and is used as an additive in cocktails or as a medicinal substance to promote appetite or digestion.More example sentences
- I went with the waiter-recommended champagne cocktail with orange bitters.
- The plant's active principles are volatile oils, tannins and bitters, and plant constituents acknowledged to improve digestion, reduce GI spasms, and lessen nausea.
- So it may indeed be true that herbal bitters stimulate the appetite, probably by way of speedier digestion and quicker stomach emptying.
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- Used to say that one will continue doing something until it is finished, no matter what: the workers would fight to the bitter end for safer conditions[perhaps associated with a nautical word bitter denoting the last part of a cable inboard of the bitts, perhaps influenced by the biblical phrase 'her end is bitter as wormwood' (Prov. 5:4)]More example sentences
- Therfore, I hereby resolve to stick the play out to the bitter end, no matter how dire.
- Last week's decision to take the matter to the bitter end at the Court of Appeal was taken at a hastily-convened meeting by just four members.
- Things were looking a little different this time last week as Polygon indicated it would fight to the bitter end.
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- He told me that many nights at home, he would sit in his room and cry bitterly.
- It's still hanging off my chair on my room and until the weekend I was still taking this one out when it was bitterly cold.
- When the case was made for Hindi to be the sole national language, it was bitterly opposed.
Old English biter, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German bitter, and probably to bite.