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embitter

[em-bit-er] /ɛmˈbɪt ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make bitter; cause to feel bitterness:
Failure has embittered him.
2.
to make bitter or more bitter in taste.
Also, imbitter.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; em-1 + bitter
Related forms
embitterer, noun
embitterment, noun
unembittered, adjective
Synonyms
1. sour, rankle, envenom.
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embitter

/ɪmˈbɪtə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make (a person) resentful or bitter
2.
to aggravate (an already hostile feeling, difficult situation, etc)
Derived Forms
embittered, adjective
embitterer, noun
embitterment, noun
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Word Origin and History for embitter
v.

c.1600, from em- + bitter. Now rare in its literal sense; figurative meaning first attested 1630s. Related: Embittered.

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