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

  Bitterness \Bit"ter*ness\, n. [AS. biternys; biter better + -nys
     = -ness.]
     1. The quality or state of being bitter, sharp, or acrid, in
        either a literal or figurative sense; implacableness;
        resentfulness; severity; keenness of reproach or sarcasm;
        deep distress, grief, or vexation of mind.
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              The lip that curls with bitterness.   --Percival.
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              I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. --Job
                                                    vii. 11.
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     2. A state of extreme impiety or enmity to God.
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              Thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond
              of iniquity.                          --Acts viii.
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     3. Dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to
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              Looking diligently, . . . lest any root of
              bitterness springing up trouble you.  --Heb. xii.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will [syn:
           resentment, bitterness, gall, rancor, rancour]
      2: a rough and bitter manner [syn: bitterness, acrimony,
         acerbity, jaundice, tartness, thorniness]
      3: the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the
         mouth [syn: bitter, bitterness]
      4: the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste [syn:
         bitterness, bitter]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  172 Moby Thesaurus words for "bitterness":
     absolute zero, acerbity, aching heart, acid, acidity, acidness,
     acidulousness, acridity, acridness, acrimony, agony, agony of mind,
     algidity, anguish, animosity, animus, antagonism, apologies,
     asperity, astringence, astringency, attrition, ayenbite of inwit,
     bad blood, bale, bile, bite, bitingness, bitter feeling,
     bitter pill, bitter resentment, bitterness, bitterness of spirit,
     bleakness, bleeding heart, briskness, broken heart, causticity,
     causticness, cheerlessness, chill, chilliness, choler, cold,
     coldness, comfortlessness, contriteness, contrition, cool,
     coolness, coolth, corrosiveness, crispness, crushing, cryogenics,
     cryology, cuttingness, decrease in temperature, depression,
     depth of misery, desolation, despair, discomfort, dismalness,
     distress, distressfulness, dreariness, edge, enmity, extremity,
     feud, fierceness, freezing point, freshness, frigidity, frostiness,
     gall, gall and wormwood, gelidity, gnashing of teeth, grief,
     grievousness, grip, hard feelings, harshness, hatred, heartache,
     heartburning, heavy heart, hostility, iciness, ill blood,
     ill feeling, ill will, incisiveness, inclemency, infelicity,
     intense cold, joylessness, keenness, lamentability, lamentation,
     low temperature, melancholia, melancholy, misery, mordacity,
     mordancy, mournfulness, nip, nippiness, pain, painfulness, pathos,
     piercingness, piquancy, pitiability, pitiableness, pitifulness,
     poignancy, point, prostration, pungency, rancor, rankling, rawness,
     regret, regretfulness, regrets, regrettableness, regretting,
     remorse, remorse of conscience, remorsefulness, repining,
     resentment, rigor, roughness, sadness, severity, shame,
     shamefacedness, shamefastness, shamefulness, sharp air, sharpness,
     slow burn, soreness, sorriness, sorrow, sorrowfulness, sourness,
     spleen, stabbingness, sting, stridency, stringency,
     suicidal despair, tartness, teeth, trenchancy, vehemence, vendetta,
     venom, violence, virulence, vitriol, wistfulness, woe,
     woebegoneness, woefulness, wretchedness

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