Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete form of embitter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make bitter; hence, to make distressing or more distressing; to make sad, morose, sour, or malignant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Alternative spelling of embitter.

Etymologies

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im- +‎ bitter

Examples

  • Happy, happy is the wife, in the depth of her affliction, on the loss of a worthy husband; happy the husband, if he must be separated from a good wife; who has no material cause for self-reproach to imbitter reflection, as to his or her conduct to the departed.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Let the honest heart shew itself, and reason teach passion to submit to necessity; or, let the dignified pursuit of virtue and knowledge raise the mind above those emotions which rather imbitter than sweeten the cup of life, when they are not restrained within due bounds.

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • A curse it might be reckoned, if the whole of our existence were bounded by our continuance in this world; for why should the gracious fountain of life give us passions, and the power of reflecting, only to imbitter our days and inspire us with mistaken notions of dignity?

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • To promote, such is the perversity of unprincipled prejudices, the future welfare of the very beings whose present existence they imbitter by the most despotic stretch of power.

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • Every particular that your apprehension or reason can go through, your fears will go through, and will imbitter it to you.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • "You mustn't allow my grievances to imbitter you, Emma, toward any member of the Board."

    Grace Harlowe's Problem

  • Doth his company sweeten all things; and his absence imbitter all things?

    The Riches of Bunyan

  • God is wise, and can tell how to imbitter backsliding to them he loveth.

    The Riches of Bunyan

  • But why imbitter him needlessly against us, against the

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 2, August, 1864 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • And any and every discrimination against any class, whether on account of color, race, nativity, sex, property, culture, can but imbitter and disaffect that class, and thereby endanger the safety of the whole people.

    An Account of the Proceedings on the Trial of Susan B. Anthony, on the Charge of Illegal Voting

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