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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bit·ter·ness n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]