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bitterness


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bitterness  \Bit"ter*ness\,  n.  [AS.  biternys  biter  better  +  -nys 
  =  -ness.] 
  1.  The  quality  or  state  of  being  bitter,  sharp,  or  acrid,  in 
  either  a  literal  or  figurative  sense  implacableness; 
  resentfulness  severity;  keenness  of  reproach  or  sarcasm; 
  deep  distress,  grief,  or  vexation  of  mind. 
 
  The  lip  that  curls  with  bitterness.  --Percival. 
 
  I  will  complain  in  the  bitterness  of  my  soul.  --Job 
  vii.  11. 
 
  2.  A  state  of  extreme  impiety  or  enmity  to  God. 
 
  Thou  art  in  the  gall  of  bitterness,  and  in  the  bond 
  of  iniquity.  --Acts  viii. 
  23. 
 
  3.  Dangerous  error,  or  schism,  tending  to  draw  persons  to 
  apostasy. 
 
  Looking  diligently,  .  .  .  lest  any  root  of 
  bitterness  springing  up  trouble  you  --Heb.  xii. 
  15. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bitterness 
  n  1:  a  feeling  of  deep  and  bitter  anger  and  ill-will  [syn:  {resentment}, 
  {gall},  {rancor},  {rancour}] 
  2:  a  sharp  and  bitter  manner  [syn:  {acrimony},  {acerbity},  {jaundice}] 
  3:  the  taste  experience  when  quinine  or  coffee  is  taken  into 
  the  mouth  [syn:  {bitter}] 
  4:  the  property  of  having  a  harsh  unpleasant  taste  [syn:  {bitter}] 




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