Synonyms of bitter
1 grievousDictionary • the scene of bitter fighting
grievous • Their loss would be a grievous blow to our engineering industries.
hard • His father was a hard man.
severe • This was a dreadful crime and a severe sentence is necessary.
harsh • the harsh experience of war
cruel • the cruel practice of bullfighting
savage • This was a savage attack on a defenceless young girl.
ruthless • a ruthless totalitarian power
relentless • He was the most relentless enemy I have ever known.
poignant • a poignant reminder of her sister's death
ferocious • Fighting has been ferocious.
unrelenting • in the face of severe opposition and unrelenting criticism
merciless • the merciless efficiency of a modern police state
remorseless • the capacity for quick, remorseless violence
vexatious • the vexatious behaviour of petty-minded officials
hard-hearted • You would have to be pretty hard-hearted not to feel something.
2 resentfulDictionary • She is said to be very bitter about the way she was sacked.
resentful • He turned away in a resentful silence.
hurt • He gave me a slightly hurt look.
angry • He's an angry man.
offended • She is terribly offended and hurt by personal remarks.
sour • He became a sour, lonely old man.
sore • The result of it is that they are all feeling very sore at you.
acrimonious • The acrimonious debate on the agenda ended indecisively.
miffed (informal) • I was a bit miffed about that.
embittered • He had turned into an embittered, hardened old man.
peeved (informal) • Susan couldn't help feeling a little peeved.
rancorous • a series of rancorous disputes
3 greatDictionary • The statement was greeted with bitter disappointment.
awful • Even if the weather's awful there's still lots to do.
unpleasant • an unpleasant taste of cheap coffee
4 freezingDictionary • a night in the bitter cold
freezing • a freezing January afternoon
biting • a raw, biting northerly wind
severe • The fence collapsed during the recent severe weather.
intense • He was sweating from the intense heat.
raw • a raw December morning
fierce • the teeth of some fierce animal
chill • A chill wind was blowing.
penetrating • A raw, penetrating wind was blowing in off the plain.
arctic (informal) • The bathroom is positively arctic.
icy • An icy wind blew across the moor.
polar • the rigours of life in the polar regions
glacial • The air from the sea felt glacial.
wintry • The wintry weather continues to sweep across the country.
5 sourDictionary • The leaves taste rather bitter.
sour • The stewed apple was sour even with honey.
sharp • a colourless, almost odourless liquid with a sharp, sweetish taste
acid • These wines are rather hard, and somewhat acid.
harsh • He said many harsh and unkind things.
tart • a slightly tart wine
acrid • The room filled with the acrid smell of tobacco.
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acidAn acid fruit or drink has a sour or sharp taste.
• These wines are rather hard, and somewhat acid.
acridAn acrid smell or taste is strong and sharp, and usually unpleasant.
• The room filled with the acrid smell of tobacco.
acrimoniousAcrimonious words or quarrels are bitter and angry.
• The acrimonious debate on the agenda ended indecisively.
Thesaurus for bitter from the Collins English Thesaurus
having or denoting an unpalatable harsh taste, as the peel of an orange or coffee dregs
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