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From im- +‎ bitter.


imbitter (third-person singular simple present imbitters, present participle imbittering, simple past and past participle imbittered)

  1. Obsolete spelling of embitter [17th–19th c.]
    • 1776 Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol I, ch 2—pt i:
      The superstition of the people was not imbittered by any mixture of theological rancor; nor was it confined by the chains of any speculative system.
    • 1825, Samuel Johnson, Dr. Johnson's Works: Life, Poems, and Tales, Volume 1[1]:
      Their pleasures, poor as they were, could not be preserved pure, but were imbittered by petty competitions, and worthless emulation.
    • 1873, David Livingstone, Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa[2]:
      But my joy on reaching the east coast was sadly imbittered by the news that Commander MacLune [] had, with Lieutenant Woodruffe and five men, been lost on the bar.
    • 1889, Theodore Roosevelt, The Winning of the West, Volume Four[3]:
      Naturally the Tennesseeans, conscious that they had not wronged the Indians, and had scrupulously observed the treaty, grew imbittered over, the wanton Indian outrages.