(), 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.
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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. 23.
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3. Dangerous error, or schism, tending to draw persons to apostasy.
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Looking diligently, . . . lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you.
Heb. xii. 15.
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