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Synonyms for bitter
ˈbɪt ərbit·ter

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Wiktionary

  1. bitteradjective

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

  2. bitteradjective

    Having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance)

    The coffee was bitter.

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

  3. bitteradjective

    Harsh, piercing or stinging

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

  4. bitteradjective

    Hateful or hostile

    They're bitter enemies.

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

  5. bitteradjective

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bitternoun

    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, bitternessnoun

    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, bitteradjective

    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, bitteradjective

    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. bitteradjective

    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, vitriolicadjective

    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. bitteradjective

    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. bitteradjective

    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. bitteradjective

    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, bitterverb

    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. bitteradverb

    make bitter

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

  12. piercingly, bitterly, bitingly, bitteradverb

    extremely and sharply

    "it was bitterly cold"; "bitter cold"

    Synonyms:
    bitingly, bitterly, piercingly, shrilly

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

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Editors Contribution

  1. bitterousadjective

    densely bitter, or disrespectfully bitter

    i just find your bitterous truth

    Submitted by farukhossainifti on May 21, 2022  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. bitteradjective

    Synonyms:
    that tastes like wormwood

  2. bitteradjective

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

  3. bitteradjective

    Synonyms:
    severe, harsh, stern

  4. bitteradjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. bitteradjective

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

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How to use bitter in a sentence?

  1. Heriberto Gonzalez:

    There are some soups that any Mexican mothers could prepare! Borscht, for example, because they use the potato in a very similar way. Of course, there's a little bitter Russian flavor to it, but if I wanted Mexican food, I would have stayed in Mexico!

  2. Alfonso Sabella:

    I would put my hand in the fire and say there is now no mafia in city hall. But I can't say the same about corruption. Even as we speak, someone is probably paying someone a bribe somewhere in the Rome city council, that is what makes one so bitter.

  3. Pat Riley:

    I definitely feel an obligation to finish this build. And so if we're three years into this build – then I don't want to do another three years of just building this team. I think we're in that window of internal improvement. We got a great, great, great player in Jimmy Butler, we know that, we have a lot of real experienced veterans and so we put together a team that got to the Eastern Conference finals and it was bitter, it was a bitter loss. The dragon hasn't actually left my body yet from that loss. I was stunned, I was frustrated, I was angry, I was all of those things for the last week and now I'm beginning to move on past all of that, so I haven't given that any thought at all.

  4. Mohammad Bagheri:

    The assassination of this capable and worthy manager, although it was a bitter and heavy blow to the country's defense complex, but the enemies know that the path started by Moshen Fakhrizadeh will never be stopped.

  5. Alfred, Lord Tennyson:

    Ah, what shall I be at fifty, should nature keep me alive, if I find the world so bitter when I am but twenty-five?


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