1. The quality or state of being bitter, sharp, or acrid, in either a literal or figurative sense; implacableness; resentfulness; severity; keenness of reproach or sarcasm; deep distress, grief, or vexation of mind.
The lip that curls with bitterness. --Percival.
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. --Job vii. 11.
2. A state of extreme impiety or enmity to God.
Thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. --Acts viii. 23.
3. Dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to apostasy.
Looking diligently, . . . lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you. --Heb. xii. 15.
n 1: a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will [syn: resentment,
gall, rancor, rancour]
2: a sharp and bitter manner [syn: acrimony, acerbity, jaundice]
3: the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into
the mouth [syn: bitter]
4: the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste [syn: bitter]