Definition of bitterness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbɪtənəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɪtərnəs//
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  1. 1angry and unhappy feelings caused by the belief that you have been treated unfairly The pay cut caused bitterness among the staff.
  2. 2(of arguments, disagreements, etc. ) the quality of being very serious and unpleasant, with a lot of anger and hatred involved the bitterness of the conflict/dispute
  3. 3(of food, etc.) the quality of having a strong, unpleasant taste that is not sweet The flowers of the hop plant add bitterness to the beer.