1. a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will (Freq. 7)
Syn: ↑resentment, ↑gall, ↑rancor, ↑rancour
Derivationally related forms: ↑rancorous (for: ↑rancor), ↑gall (for: ↑gall), ↑bitter, ↑resent (for: ↑resentment)
Hypernyms: ↑hostility, ↑enmity, ↑ill will
2. a rough and bitter manner (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑acrimony, ↑acerbity, ↑jaundice, ↑tartness, ↑thorniness
Derivationally related forms: ↑tart (for: ↑tartness), ↑jaundice (for: ↑jaundice), ↑acerbic (for: ↑acerbity), ↑acerbate (for: ↑acerbity), ↑acrimonious (for: ↑acrimony), ↑bitter
Hypernyms: ↑disagreeableness
3. the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
Syn: ↑bitter
Derivationally related forms: ↑bitter (for: ↑bitter)
4. the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste
Syn: ↑bitter
Derivationally related forms: ↑bitter (for: ↑bitter)
Hypernyms: ↑taste property
Hyponyms: ↑acerbity, ↑acridity, ↑acridness

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