verb (used with object)

  1. to make bitter; cause to feel bitterness: Failure has embittered him.
  2. to make bitter or more bitter in taste.

verb (tr)

  1. to make (a person) resentful or bitter
  2. to aggravate (an already hostile feeling, difficult situation, etc)

c.1600, from em- + bitter. Now rare in its literal sense; figurative meaning first attested 1630s. Related: Embittered.

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