Webster 1913 Edition
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
I will complain in the
bitternessof my soul.
Job vii. 11.
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.
Dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to apostasy.
Looking diligently, . . . lest any root of
bitternessspringing up trouble you.
Heb. xii. 15.
Webster 1828 Edition
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.