KJV Dictionary Definition: bitter



1. Sharp, or biting to the taste; acrid; like wormwood.

2. Sharp; cruel; severe; as bitter enmity. Heb.1.

3. Sharp, as words, reproachful; sarcastic.

4. Sharp to the feeling; piercing; painful; that makes to smart; as a bitter cold day, or a bitter blast.

5. Painful to the mind; calamitous; poignant; as a bitter fate.

6. Afflicted; distressed.

The Egyptians made their lives bitter. Ex.1.

7. Hurtful; very sinful.

Is is an evil and bitter thing. Jer.2.

8. Mournful; distressing; expressive of misory; as a bitter complaint or lamentation. Job.23. Jer.6.31.

BIT'TER, n. A substance that is bitter. See Bitter.

BIT'TER, n. See Bitts. In marine language, a turn of the cable which is round the bitts.

Bitter-end, that part of a cable which is abaft the bitts, and therefore within board, when the ship rides at anchor.


BIT'TERNESS, n. from bitter. A bitter taste; or rather a quality in things which excites a biting disagreeable sensation in the tongue.

1. In a figurative sense, extreme enmity, grudge, hatred; or rather an excessive degree or implacableness of passions and emotions; as the bitterness of anger. Eph.4.

2. Sharpness; severity of temper.

3. Keenness of reproach; piquancy; biting sarcasm.

4. Keen sorrow; painful affliction; vexation; deep distress of mind.

Hannah was in bitterness of soul. 1 Sam.1. Job.7.

In the gall of bitterness, in a state of extreme impiety or enmity to God. Acts.8.

Root of bitterness, a dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to apostasy. Heb.12.


BIT'TERS, n. A liquor in which bitter herbs or roots are steeped; generally a spirituous liquor, the bitter cause of intemperance, of disease, and of premature death!