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Bitter, having an acrid taste, like wormwood: “b. wormwood,” Lucr. 893. “sauces,” Sonn. 118, 6. “pills,” Gentl. II, 4, 149. “physic,” Meas. IV, 6, 8. “gall,” LLL V, 2, 237. Rom. I, 5, 94. “taste,” H4B IV, 5, 79. “sweeting,” Rom. II, 4, 83. Metaphorically used of any thing disagreeable, painful, mortifying or injurious: “a b. deputy,” Meas. IV, 2, 81. “a b. fool,” Lr. I, 4, 150. “your b. foe,” Mids. III, 2, 44. “the base, though b. disposition of Beatrice,” Ado II, 1, 215. “no bitterness that I will b. think,” Sonn. 111, 11. “consecrate commotion's b. edge,” H4B IV, 1, 93. “thou b. sky,” As II, 7, 184. “sweet and b. fancy,” IV, 3, 102. “read in the b. letter,” Oth. I, 3, 68. “b. business,” Hml. III, 2, 409. “b. words,” Lucr. 1460. As III, 5, 69. Shr. II, 28. “terms,” H5 IV, 8, 44. Tit. II, 3, 110. “names,” R3 I, 3, 236. “breath,” Mids. III, 2, 44. “taunts,” H6C II, 6, 66. “scoffs,” R3 I, 3, 104. “threats,” Gentl. III, 1, 236. invective, Lucr. Arg. Gentl. III, 1, 236 “wrong,” Mids. III, 2, 361. “jest,” LLL IV, 3, 174. “injuries,” H6A II, 5, 124. “a b. thing,” As V, 2, 48. “b. shame,” John III, 4, 110. “the b. bread of banishment,” R2 III, 1, 21. “b. fasts,” Gentl. II, 4, 131. “the b. sentence,” R3 I, 4, 191. “consequence,” IV, 2, 15. “b., black and tragical,” IV, 4, 7. “--est enmity,” Cor. IV, 4, 18 etc. etc. Followed by to: “you are too b. to your country-woman,” Troil. IV, 1, 67. “makes the world b. to the best of our times,” Lr. I, 2, 49. “to make this b. to thee,” Oth. I, 1, 104. Followed by with: “do not be so b. with me,” Mids. III, 2, 306. As III, 5, 138.
Adverbially: “'tis b. cold,” Hml. I, 1, 8.
Substantively: “to talk their --est,” Wint. III, 2, 217.
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