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Pronunciation:  b'iturnus

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  1. [n]  a sharp and bitter manner
  2. [n]  the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
  3. [n]  the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
  4. [n]  a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

BITTERNESS is a 10 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: acerbity, acrimony, bitter, bitter, gall, jaundice, rancor, rancour, resentment
 See Also: acridity, acridness, disagreeableness, enmity, enviousness, envy, grievance, grudge, gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, heartburning, hostility, huffishness, ill will, pungency, score, sharpness, sulkiness, taste, taste perception, taste property, taste sensation, the green-eyed monster



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

         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.

3. Dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to

         Looking diligently, . . . lest any root of
         bitterness springing up trouble you.  --Heb. xii.

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