American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make bitter in flavor.
- v. To arouse bitter feelings in: was embittered by years of unrewarded labor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make bitter or more bitter.
- To affect with biterness or unhappiness; make distressful or grievous: as, the sins of youth often embitter old age.
- To render more violent or malignant; exasperate.
- v. To cause to be bitter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make bitter or sad. See imbitter.
- v. cause to be bitter or resentful
- em- + bitter (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“It's part of an attempt to embitter the lives of Palestinians so that they leave.”
“To be sure, immigration judges operate under extraordinarily difficult conditions that most likely overwhelm, exhaust, and embitter them, and maybe provoke some of the excesses noted above.”
“So, in that spirit and in an effort to temporarily edify and embitter you, my many readers like most primitive people -- and I am a primitive people -- I know only the numbers "1", "2" and "many", I'd like to share the resolutions I plan to make this coming New Year:”
“Now isn't the time to inflame an already desperate condition with police practices that are likely to further embitter those who are facing a possible lifetime without hope.”
“Every election season, the television airwaves are barraged by a seemingly endless succession of 30-second jeremiads that manipulate the facts and embitter the public.”
“And Blair liked wars because they create new enemies and entrench or embitter old ones, thus creating future threats, which lead to further expensive, morally and socially disruptive, make-the-world anew wars.”
“Yet the years he spent on Robben Island and then Pollsmoor Prison, a maximum security facility near Cape Town, did not embitter Mandela.”
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