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Synonyms for bitter
ˈbɪt ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bitter(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    bitterness

    Antonyms:
    joyful, tasteless, painless, amicable, tolerable, unresentful, pleasant

  2. bitter, bitterness(noun)

    the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth

    Synonyms:
    bitterness, rancour, rancor, thorniness, acrimony, jaundice, resentment, tartness, acerbity, gall

    Antonyms:
    painless, pleasant, amicable, unresentful, joyful, tasteless, tolerable

  3. bitterness, bitter(adj)

    the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste

    Synonyms:
    bitterness, rancour, rancor, thorniness, acrimony, jaundice, resentment, tartness, acerbity, gall

    Antonyms:
    painless, tolerable, tasteless, unresentful, amicable, pleasant, joyful

  4. acrimonious, bitter(adj)

    marked by strong resentment or cynicism

    "an acrimonious dispute"; "bitter about the divorce"

    Synonyms:
    acrimonious, acrid, biting, acid, sulphurous, caustic, virulent, blistering, acerbic, vitriolic, acerb, sulfurous

    Antonyms:
    tasteless, pleasant, painless, unresentful, tolerable, amicable, joyful

  5. bitter(adj)

    very difficult to accept or bear

    "the bitter truth"; "a bitter sorrow"

    Synonyms:
    acrimonious, biting, blistering, acid, sulphurous, acrid, virulent, caustic, acerbic, vitriolic, acerb, sulfurous

    Antonyms:
    tolerable, tasteless, amicable, painless, unresentful, pleasant, joyful

  6. acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic(adj)

    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 and medical ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique"

    Synonyms:
    virulent, blistering, red-hot, vitriolic, hot, blistery, acerbic, stifling, sulphurous, acidic, acrimonious, caustic, mordant, acidulous, venomous, astringent, sulfurous, acrid, deadly, acid, corrosive, pungent, biting, sultry, acidulent, acerb, erosive

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, tolerable, amicable, unresentful, joyful, tasteless, painless

  7. bitter(adj)

    expressive of severe grief or regret

    "shed bitter tears"

    Synonyms:
    acrimonious, biting, blistering, acid, sulphurous, acrid, virulent, caustic, acerbic, vitriolic, acerb, sulfurous

    Antonyms:
    unresentful, amicable, tolerable, joyful, pleasant, tasteless, painless

  8. bitter(adj)

    proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity

    "a bitter struggle"; "bitter enemies"

    Synonyms:
    acrimonious, biting, blistering, acid, sulphurous, acrid, virulent, caustic, acerbic, vitriolic, acerb, sulfurous

    Antonyms:
    tolerable, unresentful, joyful, amicable, tasteless, painless, pleasant

  9. bitter(adj)

    causing a sharp and acrid taste experience;"quinine is bitter"

    Synonyms:
    acrimonious, biting, blistering, acid, sulphurous, acrid, virulent, caustic, acerbic, vitriolic, acerb, sulfurous

    Antonyms:
    tolerable, amicable, joyful, unresentful, pleasant, painless, tasteless

  10. biting, bitter(verb)

    causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold

    "bitter cold"; "a biting wind"

    Synonyms:
    virulent, nipping, barbed, vitriolic, mordacious, acerbic, sulphurous, acrimonious, caustic, acrid, sulfurous, blistering, acid, pungent, biting, acerb

    Antonyms:
    amicable, painless, pleasant, tolerable, unresentful, tasteless, joyful

  11. bitter(adverb)

    make bitter

    Antonyms:
    unresentful, painless, tasteless, amicable, pleasant, joyful, tolerable

  12. piercingly, bitterly, bitingly, bitter(adverb)

    extremely and sharply

    "it was bitterly cold"; "bitter cold"

    Synonyms:
    bitingly, bitterly, piercingly, shrilly

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, joyful, unresentful, tasteless, amicable, tolerable, painless

Wiktionary

  1. bitter(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

  2. bitter(adjective)

    Having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance)

    The coffee was bitter.

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

  3. bitter(adjective)

    Harsh, piercing or stinging

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

  4. bitter(adjective)

    Hateful or hostile

    They're bitter enemies.

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

  5. bitter(adjective)

    Cynical and resentful

    I've been bitter ever since that defeat.

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. bitter

    Acid, sour, and bitter agree in being contrasted with sweet, but the two former are sharply distinguished from the latter. Acid or sour is the taste of vinegar or lemon-juice; bitter that of quassia, quinine, or strychnine. Acrid is nearly allied to bitter. Pungent suggests the effect of pepper or snuff on the organs of taste or smell; as, a pungent odor. Caustic indicates the corroding effect of some strong chemical, as nitrate of silver. In a figurative sense, as applied to language or character, these words are very closely allied. We say a sour face, sharp words, bitter complaints, caustic wit, cutting irony, biting sarcasm, a stinging taunt, harsh judgment, a tart reply. Harsh carries the idea of intentional and severe unkindness, bitter of a severity that arises from real or supposed ill treatment. The bitter speech springs from the sore heart. Tart and sharp utterances may not proceed from an intention to wound, but merely from a wit recklessly keen; cutting, stinging, and biting speech indicates more or less of hostile intent, the latter being the more deeply malicious. The caustic utterance is meant to burn, perhaps wholesomely, as in the satire of Juvenal or Cervantes. Compare MOROSE.

    Synonyms:
    acerb, acetous, acid, acidulated, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, biting, caustic, cutting, harsh, irate, pungent, savage, sharp, sour, stinging, tart, vinegarish, virulent

    Antonyms:
    dulcet, honeyed, luscious, nectared, saccharine, sweet

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. bitter

    Synonyms:
    harsh, sour, sharp, tart, acrimonious, sarcastic, severe, sad, afflictive, intense, stinging, pungent, acrid, cutting

    Antonyms:
    sweet, mellow, pleasant, affable, kindly, genial, light, mitigated, trivial

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. bitter(a.)

    Synonyms:
    that tastes like wormwood

  2. bitter(a.)

    Synonyms:
    fierce, savage, cruel, merciless, relentless, virulent, fell, ruthless

  3. bitter(a.)

    Synonyms:
    severe, harsh, stern

  4. bitter(a.)

    Synonyms:
    distressing, painful, grievous, sorrowful, afflictive, poignant, calamitous

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. bitter(a)

    Synonyms:
    acrid, acerb, poignant, intense, calamitous, distressing, virulent, acrimonious, implacable

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How to use bitter in a sentence?

  1. Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

    This race is never grateful: from the first, One fills their cup at supper with pure wine, Which back they give at cross-time on a sponge, In bitter vinegar.

  2. Christina Rossetti:

    She gave up beauty in her tender youth, gave all her hope and joy and pleasant ways; she covered up her eyes lest they should gaze on vanity, and chose the bitter truth.

  3. Turkish:

    Opportunities lose not, for all delay is madness; ?Mid bitter sorrow patience show, for ?tis the key of gladness.

  4. Javier Castillo:

    Oil prices will rise again and we'll be ok, we on the Left are people of peace, happiness and harmony. Those on the far Right are the ones seeking violence. Let those bitter mummy's and daddy's boys come here and see the joy.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Life is never static, and that's what I find most beautiful. It is beautiful, because of its ups and downs, twists and bends, roundabouts and straight roads, and ebbs and flows in general. Nothing is permanent, and only constant is the constant change. "Even this shall pass" is the mantra and a constant reminder for us, on every occasion when we feel excited with life's flows, and also in the darkest moments when we feel down and out with life's ebbs. The disappointments, betrayals, feelings of helplessness, being alone, all these will be ebbing away, as the life goes on. It's amazing how life can be so kind and good, and at the same time so bitter and cold....and yet everything shall pass. So enjoy today, and live this moment to the fullest, enjoying life's ebbs and flows.

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