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From Middle English bitterli, biterli, biterliche, from Old English biterlīċe, bitterlīċe (bitterly), equivalent to bitter +‎ -ly. Cognate with German Low German bitterlik (bitterly), German bitterlich (bitterly), Swedish bitterligen (bitterly).



bitterly (comparative more bitterly, superlative most bitterly)

  1. In a bitter manner.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days' cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.
    • 1956 [1880], Johanna Spyri, Heidi, translation of original by Eileen Hall, page 91:
      Heidi threw herself down beside Clara's chair and began to cry bitterly.
    • 2011 October 1, Phil McNulty, “Everton 0-2 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport:
      Liverpool's £58m strikeforce of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez scored the goals that settled the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park - but Everton were left complaining bitterly about Jack Rodwell's controversial early red card.