Bitterness Bit"ter*ness, n. [AS. biternys; biter better + -nys = -ness.] 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. [1913 Webster]

The lip that curls with bitterness. --Percival. [1913 Webster]

I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. --Job vii. 11. [1913 Webster]

2. A state of extreme impiety or enmity to God. [1913 Webster]

Thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. --Acts viii. 23. [1913 Webster]

3. Dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to apostasy. [1913 Webster]

Looking diligently, . . . lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you. --Heb. xii. 15. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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