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 for Bitter principle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Principle \Prin"ci*ple\, n. [F. principe, L. principium
     beginning, foundation, fr. princeps, -cipis. See Prince.]
     1. Beginning; commencement. [Obs.]
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              Doubting sad end of principle unsound. --Spenser.
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     2. A source, or origin; that from which anything proceeds;
        fundamental substance or energy; primordial substance;
        ultimate element, or cause.
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              The soul of man is an active principle. --Tillotson.
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     3. An original faculty or endowment.
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              Nature in your principles hath set [benignity].
                                                    --Chaucer.
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              Those active principles whose direct and ultimate
              object is the communication either of enjoyment or
              suffering.                            --Stewart.
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     4. A fundamental truth; a comprehensive law or doctrine, from
        which others are derived, or on which others are founded;
        a general truth; an elementary proposition; a maxim; an
        axiom; a postulate.
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              Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of
              Christ, let us go on unto perfection. --Heb. vi. 1.
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              A good principle, not rightly understood, may prove
              as hurtful as a bad.                  --Milton.
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     5. A settled rule of action; a governing law of conduct; an
        opinion or belief which exercises a directing influence on
        the life and behavior; a rule (usually, a right rule) of
        conduct consistently directing one's actions; as, a person
        of no principle.
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              All kinds of dishonesty destroy our pretenses to an
              honest principle of mind.             --Law.
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     6. (Chem.) Any original inherent constituent which
        characterizes a substance, or gives it its essential
        properties, and which can usually be separated by
        analysis; -- applied especially to drugs, plant extracts,
        etc.
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              Cathartine is the bitter, purgative principle of
              senna.                                --Gregory.
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     Bitter principle, Principle of contradiction, etc. See
        under Bitter, Contradiction, etc.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bitter principle
      n 1: any one of several hundred compounds having a bitter taste;
           not admitting of chemical classification

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