bitterness bitterness  /ˈbɪ tər nəs/


  1. (n) a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
  2. (n) a rough and bitter manner
  3. (n) the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
  4. (n) the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste


  1. They well know that the Polish Government wishes to crush Ukrainian nationalist tendencies, centred in the churches, and also to stir up religious bitterness among the Ukrainians.
  2. But it is inevitable when you have a political difference with someone that people attribute bitterness to it.
  3. And this is what I would say to anybody who immerses himself or herself in bitterness toward the end of their life: The only person you're harming is yourself.


  1. Toasted as longest-serving member, Dingell urges greater civility in Congress

    "We have too much ill-will, too much hatred, too much bitterness, too much anger," Dingell said. Read more...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Hill

  2. Beyond the bitterness

    JACKSON, Miss. — Myrlie Evers-Williams acknowledges it would be easy to remain mired in bitterness and anger, 50 years after a sniper’s bullet made her a widow. Instead, she’s determined to celebrate the legacy of her first husband, Medgar Evers — a civil rights figure often overshadowed by peers such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Wenatchee World


  1. "Given the level of violence, the level of killing and bitterness and the way that forces are arranged against each other, a few years ago, when we had the strife in Lebanon and other places, we called that a civil war; this is much worse,"...
    on Dec 3, 2006 By: Kofi Annan Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Speaking of Rev. Wright's generation, Obama said "the memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away; nor has the anger and the bitterness of those years."
    on Apr 7, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Christian Post

  3. But Tariq al-Hashemi, Iraq's vice-president and the top Sunni Arab in the government, told Austin that "the feelings of bitterness and anger cannot be eased unless there is a deterrent punishment", according to a statement by al-Hashemi's office.
    on May 20, 2008 By: Tariq al-Hashemi Source:

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