Bitter

Definition of Bitter

Bit´ter
n.1.(Naut.) AA turn of the cable which is round the bitts.
Bitter end
that part of a cable which is abaft the bitts, and so within board, when the ship rides at anchor.
a.1.Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine; bitter as aloes.
2.Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe; as, a bitter cold day.
3.Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind; calamitous; poignant.
It is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God.
- Jer. ii. 19.
4.Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh; stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach.
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
- Col. iii. 19.
5.Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable.
The Egyptians . . . made their lives bitter with hard bondage.
- Ex. i. 14.
Bitter apple
(Bot.) See Colocynth.
Bitter cress
(Bot.) a plant of the genus Cardamine, esp. Cardamine amara.
Bitter earth
(Min.) tale earth; calcined magnesia.
Bitter principles
(Chem.) a class of substances, extracted from vegetable products, having strong bitter taste but with no sharply defined chemical characteristics.
Bitter salt
Epsom salts; magnesium sulphate.
Bitter vetch
(Bot.) a name given to two European leguminous herbs, Vicia Orobus and Ervum Ervilia.
To the bitter end
to the last extremity, however calamitous.
n.1.Any substance that is bitter. See Bitters.
v. t.1.To make bitter.

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