Bitter vs Wistful - What's the difference?

bitter | wistful |

As adjectives the difference between bitter and wistful

is that bitter is having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance) while wistful is full of yearning or longing.

As a noun bitter

is (usually in the plural bitters) a liquid or powder, made from bitter herbs, used in mixed drinks or as a tonic.

As a verb bitter

is to make bitter.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • Having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance).
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  • *:Long after his cigar burnt bitter , he sat with eyes fixed on the blaze. When the flames at last began to flicker and subside, his lids fluttered, then drooped?; but he had lost all reckoning of time when he opened them again to find Miss Erroll in furs and ball-gown kneeling on the hearth.
  • Harsh, piercing or stinging.
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  • *1999 , (Neil Gaiman), Stardust , p.31 (Perennial paperback edition)
  • *:It was at the end of February,.
  • Hateful or hostile.
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  • *(Bible), (w) iii. 19
  • *:Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
  • Cynical and resentful.
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  • Usage notes

    * The one-word comparative form (bitterer) and superlative form (bitterest) exist, but are less common than their two-word counterparts (term) and (term).

    Derived terms

    * bitter pill to swallow

    See also

    * bitter end


    * (cynical and resentful) optimistic


    * (cynical and resentful) jaded


    (en noun)
  • (usually in the plural bitters) A liquid or powder, made from bitter herbs, used in mixed drinks or as a tonic.
  • * 1773 , Oliver Goldsmith,
  • Thus I begin: "All is not gold that glitters,
    "Pleasure seems sweet, but proves a glass of bitters .
  • A type of beer heavily flavored with hops.
  • (nautical) A turn of a cable about the bitts.
  • Derived terms

    * brought up to a bitter


    (en verb)
  • To make bitter.
  • (Wolcott)




    (en adjective)
  • full of yearning or longing
  • His eyes grew wistful as he recalled his university days.
  • sad and thoughtful
  • Synonyms

    * (thoughtful sadness) (l)