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Definition of "embitter" [em•bit•ter]

  • To make bitter in flavor. (verb-transitive)
  • To arouse bitter feelings in: was embittered by years of unrewarded labor. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "embitter" in a sentence
  • "Yet he was a boy among boys, too; he loved to swim, to skate, to fish, to forage, and passionately, above all, he loved to hunt; but in everything he held himself in check, that he might hold the younger boys in check; and my boy often repaid his conscientious vigilance with hard words and hard names, such as embitter even the most self-forgiving memories."
  • "These fraudulent dealings of the heart are those impostures which plunge men into infinite calamities and inconveniences, such as embitter the enjoyment even of common life itself."
  • "In addition to helping pointlessly destroy and embitter post-war Germany, setting the stage for the Nazi rise and WW2, Wilson also deeply snubbed the Japanese attempt to become an equal diplomatic player, setting the stage for hardliners to win out and WW2."