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Synonyms for bitterˈbɪt ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bitter(noun)

    English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)

    Synonyms:
    bitterness

    Antonyms:
    joyful, tasteless, painless, amicable, tolerable, unresentful, pleasant

  2. bitter, bitterness(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    bitterness, rancour, rancor, thorniness, acrimony, jaundice, bitter, resentment, tartness, acerbity, gall

    Antonyms:
    painless, pleasant, amicable, unresentful, joyful, tasteless, tolerable

  3. bitterness, bitter(adj)

    the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste

    Synonyms:
    bitterness, rancour, rancor, thorniness, acrimony, jaundice, bitter, resentment, tartness, acerbity, gall

    Antonyms:
    painless, tolerable, tasteless, unresentful, amicable, pleasant, joyful

  4. acrimonious, bitter(adj)

    marked by strong resentment or cynicism

    Synonyms:
    acrimonious, acrid, biting, acid, sulphurous, caustic, bitter, virulent, blistering, acerbic, vitriolic, acerb, sulfurous

    Antonyms:
    tasteless, pleasant, painless, unresentful, tolerable, amicable, joyful

  5. bitter(adj)

    very difficult to accept or bear

    Synonyms:
    acrimonious, biting, blistering, acid, sulphurous, acrid, virulent, caustic, acerbic, vitriolic, acerb, sulfurous

    Antonyms:
    tolerable, tasteless, amicable, painless, unresentful, pleasant, joyful

  6. acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic(adj)

    harsh or corrosive in tone

    Synonyms:
    virulent, blistering, red-hot, vitriolic, hot, blistery, acerbic, stifling, sulphurous, acidic, acrimonious, caustic, mordant, acidulous, venomous, astringent, sulfurous, acrid, deadly, acid, corrosive, pungent, biting, bitter, sultry, acidulent, acerb, erosive

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, tolerable, amicable, unresentful, joyful, tasteless, painless

  7. bitter(adj)

    expressive of severe grief or regret

    Synonyms:
    acrimonious, biting, blistering, acid, sulphurous, acrid, virulent, caustic, acerbic, vitriolic, acerb, sulfurous

    Antonyms:
    unresentful, amicable, tolerable, joyful, pleasant, tasteless, painless

  8. bitter(adj)

    proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity

    Synonyms:
    acrimonious, biting, blistering, acid, sulphurous, acrid, virulent, caustic, acerbic, vitriolic, acerb, sulfurous

    Antonyms:
    tolerable, unresentful, joyful, amicable, tasteless, painless, pleasant

  9. bitter(adj)

    causing a sharp and acrid taste experience;"quinine is bitter"

    Synonyms:
    acrimonious, biting, blistering, acid, sulphurous, acrid, virulent, caustic, acerbic, vitriolic, acerb, sulfurous

    Antonyms:
    tolerable, amicable, joyful, unresentful, pleasant, painless, tasteless

  10. biting, bitter(verb)

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

    Synonyms:
    virulent, nipping, barbed, vitriolic, mordacious, acerbic, sulphurous, acrimonious, caustic, acrid, sulfurous, blistering, acid, pungent, biting, bitter, acerb

    Antonyms:
    amicable, painless, pleasant, tolerable, unresentful, tasteless, joyful

  11. bitter(adverb)

    make bitter

    Antonyms:
    unresentful, painless, tasteless, amicable, pleasant, joyful, tolerable

  12. piercingly, bitterly, bitingly, bitter(adverb)

    extremely and sharply

    Synonyms:
    bitter, bitingly, bitterly, piercingly, shrilly

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, joyful, unresentful, tasteless, amicable, tolerable, painless

Wiktionary

  1. bitter(noun)

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

  2. bitter(noun)

    Having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance)

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

  3. bitter(noun)

    Harsh, piercing or stinging

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

  4. bitter(adjective)

    Hateful or hostile

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

  5. bitter(adjective)

    Cynical and resentful

    Synonyms:
    jaded

    Antonyms:
    optimistic

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. bitter

    Acid, sour, and bitter agree in being contrasted with sweet, but the two former are sharply distinguished from the latter. Acid or sour is the taste of vinegar or lemon-juice; bitter that of quassia, quinine, or strychnine. Acrid is nearly allied to bitter. Pungent suggests the effect of pepper or snuff on the organs of taste or smell; as, a pungent odor. Caustic indicates the corroding effect of some strong chemical, as nitrate of silver. In a figurative sense, as applied to language or character, these words are very closely allied. We say a sour face, sharp words, bitter complaints, caustic wit, cutting irony, biting sarcasm, a stinging taunt, harsh judgment, a tart reply. Harsh carries the idea of intentional and severe unkindness, bitter of a severity that arises from real or supposed ill treatment. The bitter speech springs from the sore heart. Tart and sharp utterances may not proceed from an intention to wound, but merely from a wit recklessly keen; cutting, stinging, and biting speech indicates more or less of hostile intent, the latter being the more deeply malicious. The caustic utterance is meant to burn, perhaps wholesomely, as in the satire of Juvenal or Cervantes. Compare MOROSE.

    Synonyms:
    acerb, acetous, acid, acidulated, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, biting, caustic, cutting, harsh, irate, pungent, savage, sharp, sour, stinging, tart, vinegarish, virulent

    Antonyms:
    dulcet, honeyed, luscious, nectared, saccharine, sweet

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. bitter(a.)

    Synonyms:
    that tastes like wormwood

  2. bitter(a.)

    Synonyms:
    fierce, savage, cruel, merciless, relentless, virulent, fell, ruthless

  3. bitter(a.)

    Synonyms:
    severe, harsh, stern

  4. bitter(a.)

    Synonyms:
    distressing, painful, grievous, sorrowful, afflictive, poignant, calamitous

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

amer, painful, sour, acrimonious, scathing, harsh, embittered, fierce, resentful


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