The announcement speech called Mandela a “moral authority” and praised his lack of bitterness despite decades of imprisonment.
The glee and chortling that greeted Mr. Smith is a sign of bitterness and a focus on the past rather than the future.
Three years on, the case remains unresolved, the wounds not yet cauterized, the bitterness still palpable.
There was a distinct sound of bitterness in her voice, not surprising when she mentioned that he left her for a 24-year-old.
A U.S. diplomat once spoke with bitterness of the breadth of his power when negotiating with an uncooperative dictator.
Why not ask a blessing on the cup of bitterness as well as upon the cup of thanksgiving?
While Margaret groaned in bitterness, she heard a knock at the street door.
"I suppose we are all nowhere to-night," added Rupert, with a touch of bitterness in his voice.
He was thinking, with bitterness, of his own youthful indiscretions.
The thought that he had lost pretty Geraldine forever was bitterness to his heart.
Old English biter "bitter, sharp, cutting; angry, embittered; cruel," from Proto-Germanic *bitras- (cf. Old Saxon bittar, Old Norse bitr, Dutch bitter, Old High German bittar, German bitter, Gothic baitrs "bitter"), from PIE root *bheid- "to split" (cf. Old English bitan "to bite;" see bite (v.)). Evidently the meaning drifted in prehistoric times from "biting, of pungent taste," to "acrid-tasting." Used figuratively in Old English of states of mind and words. Related: Bitterly.
Bitterness is symbolical of affliction, misery, and servitude (Ex. 1:14; Ruth 1:20; Jer. 9:15). The Chaldeans are called the "bitter and hasty nation" (Hab. 1:6). The "gall of bitterness" expresses a state of great wickedness (Acts 8:23). A "root of bitterness" is a wicked person or a dangerous sin (Heb. 12:15). The Passover was to be eaten with "bitter herbs" (Ex. 12:8; Num. 9:11). The kind of herbs so designated is not known. Probably they were any bitter herbs obtainable at the place and time when the Passover was celebrated. They represented the severity of the servitude under which the people groaned; and have been regarded also as typical of the sufferings of Christ.