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Definition of Bitter


  1. AA turn of the cable which is round the bitts.
  2. Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine; bitter as aloes.
  3. Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe; as, a bitter cold day.
  4. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind; calamitous; poignant.
  5. Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh; stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach.
  6. Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable.
  7. Any substance that is bitter. See Bitters.
  8. To make bitter.

Bitter Quotations

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. - Aristotle
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.
Lewis B. Smedes

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on.
Bill Cosby

Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Bitter Translations

bitter in Afrikaans is bitter
bitter in Danish is bitter
bitter in Dutch is bitter
bitter in German is bitter
bitter in Italian is birra, acerbo, amaro
bitter in Latin is acerbus
bitter in Norwegian is sur, bitter
bitter in Portuguese is amargo
bitter in Spanish is amargar, agrio, amargo