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Webster 1913 Edition


Bitterness

Bit′ter-ness

,
Noun.
[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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Bitterness

BIT'TERNESS

,
Noun.
[from bitter.] A bitter taste; or rather a quality in things which excites a biting disagreeable sensation in the tongue.
1.
In a figurative sense, extreme enmity, grudge, hatred; or rather an excessive degree or implacableness of passions and emotions; as the bitterness of anger. Eph.4.
2.
Sharpness; severity of temper.
3.
Keenness of reproach; piquancy; biting sarcasm.
4.
Keen sorrow; painful affliction; vexation; deep distress of mind.
Hannah was in bitterness of soul. 1 Sam.1. Job.7.
In the gall of bitterness, in a state of extreme impiety or enmity to God. Acts.8.
Root of bitterness, a dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to apostasy. Heb.12.

Definition 2022


bitterness

bitterness

English

Noun

bitterness (countable and uncountable, plural bitternesses)

  1. The quality of having a bitter taste.
  2. The quality of feeling bitter; acrimony, resentment.

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