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"bitter" in American English

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bitteradjective

 us   /ˈbɪt̬·ər/
  • bitter adjective (TASTE)

having a ​slightlystinging, ​strongtaste, not ​salty or ​sweet: The ​coffee was bitter.
  • bitter adjective (ANGRY)

showing or causing ​deepanger and ​pain: Losing the ​election was a bitter ​disappointment.
bitterness
noun [U]  us   /ˈbɪt̬·ər·nəs/
She has no bitterness about the past.

bitteradjective, adverb

 us   /ˈbɪt̬·ər/
  • bitter adjective, adverb (COLD)

extremelycold: A bitter ​windkept everyone ​indoors.
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"bitter" in British English

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bitteradjective

uk   /ˈbɪt.ər/  us   /ˈbɪt̬.ɚ/
  • bitter adjective (ANGRY)

B2 Someone who is bitter is ​angry and ​unhappy because they cannot ​forgetbad things that ​happened in the past: I ​feel very bitter about my ​childhood and all that I went through. She'd ​sufferedterribly over the ​years but it hadn't made her bitter.B2 A bitter ​experiencecausesdeeppain or ​anger: Failing the ​finalexams was a bitter disappointment for me. She ​learned through bitter experience that he was not to be ​trusted.B2 expressing a lot of ​hate and ​anger: a bitter ​fight/​argument bitter ​recriminations He gave me a bitter ​look.

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  • bitter adjective (TASTE)

B1 with an ​unpleasantlysharptaste: a bitter ​flavour/​taste/​liquid

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bitternoun [U]

uk   /ˈbɪt.ər/  us   /ˈbɪt̬.ɚ/
UK a ​type of ​darkbrownbeer with a bitter ​taste: a ​pint of bitter
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bitters a ​strong, bitter ​alcoholicdrink made from ​spices and ​plantproducts that is ​mixed with other ​alcoholicdrinks
(Definition of bitter from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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