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[em-bit-er] /ɛmˈbɪt ər/
verb (used with object)
to make bitter; cause to feel bitterness:
Failure has embittered him.
to make bitter or more bitter in taste.
Also, imbitter.
Origin of embitter
1595-1605; em-1 + bitter
Related forms
embitterer, noun
embitterment, noun
unembittered, adjective
1. sour, rankle, envenom. Unabridged
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  • He never recovered from the humiliation and died embittered years later.
  • Some locals have become embittered against environmentalists.
  • She was isolated for much of the time, growing embittered and maybe a little crazy, too.
  • For every post-doc who scatters out of the system embittered, there are plenty of more talented graduate students being produced.
  • Nonsense and absurdity are intended to express embittered criticism and scornful contradiction within the dream-thoughts.
  • The effect of similar affronts had embittered his family.
  • If this was a recovery, it was a fragile and embittered one.
  • Maybe he is embittered by his own experience with obtuse or dishonest venture capitalists.
  • Urban graduate students are supposed to be outraged and embittered.
  • In this melodrama, a tough, embittered pianist is angry because he never achieved the glory he felt he deserved.
British Dictionary definitions for embittered


verb (transitive)
to make (a person) resentful or bitter
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 embittered



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

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