bitter

If you usually drink your coffee with lots of cream and sugar in it, you might be surprised at how bitter plain black coffee can taste. Bitter means "having a sharp or harsh flavor."

Bitter describes a particular pungent taste, like the sharpness of very dark chocolate (which is sometimes called bittersweet for its mixture of the two flavors). If you imagine taking that bitter taste on your tongue and turning it into an emotion, you've got another meaning of bitter: a resentful, angry feeling. And if you turn that bitter flavor into a physical feeling, you've got an adjective that describes a sharp, unpleasant sensation, like a cold, bitter wind.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: bitter

1
adjnv
causing a sharp and acrid taste experience;"quinine is bitter"
the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
make bitter
2
adj
marked by strong resentment or cynicism
3
adjadv
causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold
extremely and sharply
4
n
English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: bitter
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adj causing a sharp and acrid taste experience;"quinine is bitter"

Synonyms
tasty
pleasing to the sense of taste

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

Synonyms:
bitterness
Type of:
gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation
the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus

n the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste

Synonyms:
bitterness
Types:
acerbity
a sharp bitterness
acridity, acridness
extreme bitterness
Type of:
taste property
a property appreciated via the sense of taste

v make bitter

Type of:
change taste
alter the flavor of
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adj marked by strong resentment or cynicism

bitter about the divorce”
Synonyms:
acrimonious
resentful
full of or marked by resentment or indignant ill will

adj harsh or corrosive in tone

bitter words”
Synonyms:
acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic
unpleasant
disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings

adj proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity

“a bitter struggle”
bitter enemies”
Synonyms
hostile
characterized by enmity or ill will

adj expressive of severe grief or regret

“shed bitter tears”
Synonyms
sorrowful
experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss

adj very difficult to accept or bear

“the bitter truth”
“a bitter sorrow”
Synonyms
intolerable, unbearable, unendurable
incapable of being put up with
3

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

bitter cold”
Synonyms:
biting
painful
causing physical or psychological pain

adv extremely and sharply

bitter cold”
Synonyms:
bitingly, bitterly, piercingly
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n English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)

Type of:
ale
a general name for beer made with a top fermenting yeast; in some of the United States an ale is (by law) a brew of more than 4% alcohol by volume
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