Definition of embitter in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Cause (someone) to feel bitter or resentful.

    ‘he didn't let illness and divorce embitter him’
    • ‘Those triumphs quickly turned sour when looting and lawlessness took over the thinly patrolled streets, embittering residents, stalling reconstruction and giving the insurgency a jump-start on the occupation authorities.’
    • ‘Further, the decision has the potential to embitter me to the point where I will actively campaign my classmates (which, as you know, had record levels of participation in alumni giving) to stop giving money, as well.’
    • ‘Desmond Tutu said that long-suffering can embitter you, but it can also change you in a great way and Mandela has done the latter.’
    • ‘Far from letting his wartime experiences embitter him towards other Europeans, he often talked about his great admiration for his German former adversaries, and his lasting affection for Italy and its people.’
    • ‘He didn't let illness and divorce embitter him.’
    • ‘They single-handedly did more to embitter me toward opposing fans than anyone else in any sport, including Flyers fans and Duke fans.’
    • ‘Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.’
    • ‘The strike costs GM $2 billion, embitters workers, and ripples across the U.S. economy.’
    • ‘Pain embitters some people; their misery taints the lives of all around them.’
    • ‘The perceptive and often compassionate way the series examines the forces that corrupt and embitter us - that can turn us into monsters, so to speak - raises this series above the conventional good-versus-evil horror yarn.’
    • ‘Their father dies in a nursing home, ‘a lonely and embittered old man.’’
    • ‘Two of these women died in obscurity; the third died as a lonely, embittered figure who was nonetheless loved by millions.’
    • ‘Has your experience at the hands of Mr Howard embittered you?’
    • ‘But the ritual requires that everyone, including the most embittered enemies, agree that it was all terribly outrageous.’
    • ‘She found true love with a friend, while he is embittered and can't think of marrying ever again.’
    • ‘Unlike a few I know, I was not embittered as a result.’
    • ‘He spent the final six years of his political career as a disengaged and at times embittered figure on the parliamentary backbench, finally retiring in 1996.’
    • ‘He was deeply embittered when he retired in 1935.’
    • ‘I mean, is this just the fact that he was fired, and so he's embittered?’
    • ‘Although a solution was found, the experience has embittered me with the psychiatric establishment.’
    make bitter, make resentful, sour, anger, poison, envenom, make rancorous, jaundice, antagonize, vex, frustrate, alienate
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    1. 1.1 literary Give a sharp or pungent taste or smell to.
      • ‘the smell of orange zest and smoke embittered the air’



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