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Bitter vs. Cynical — What's the Difference?

Bitter vs. Cynical — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Bitter and Cynical

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Bitter

Having or being a taste that is sharp, acrid, and unpleasant.

Cynical

Believing that people are motivated purely by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity
He was brutally cynical and hardened to every sob story under the sun

Bitter

Causing a sharply unpleasant, painful, or stinging sensation; harsh
Enveloped in bitter cold.
A bitter wind.

Cynical

Concerned only with one's own interests and typically disregarding accepted standards in order to achieve them
A cynical manipulation of public opinion

Bitter

Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear
The bitter truth.
Bitter sorrow.
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Cynical

Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others
A cynical dismissal of the politician's promise to reform the campaign finance system.

Bitter

Proceeding from or exhibiting strong animosity
A bitter struggle.
Bitter foes.

Cynical

Selfishly or callously calculating
Showed a cynical disregard for the safety of his troops in his efforts to advance his reputation.

Bitter

Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish, or disappointment
Cried bitter tears.

Cynical

Negative or pessimistic, as from world-weariness
A cynical view of the average voter's intelligence.

Bitter

Marked by resentment or cynicism
"He was already a bitter elderly man with a gray face" (John Dos Passos).

Cynical

Expressing jaded or scornful skepticism or negativity
Cynical laughter.

Bitter

In an intense or harsh way; bitterly
A bitter cold night.

Cynical

Of or relating to the belief that human actions are motivated only or primarily by base desires or selfishness.

Bitter

To make bitter.

Cynical

Skeptical of the integrity, sincerity, or motives of others.

Bitter

That which is bitter
"all words ... / Failing to give the bitter of the sweet" (Tennyson).

Cynical

Bitterly or jadedly distrustful or contemptuous; mocking.

Bitter

Bitters A bitter, usually alcoholic liquid made with herbs or roots and used in cocktails or as a tonic.

Cynical

Showing contempt for accepted moral standards by one's actions.

Bitter

Chiefly British A sharp-tasting beer made with hops.

Cynical

Like the actions of a snarling dog, especially in reference to facial nerve paralysis.

Bitter

Having an acrid taste (usually from a basic substance).
The coffee tasted bitter.

Cynical

Believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others

Bitter

Harsh, piercing or stinging.

Bitter

Hateful or hostile.
They're bitter enemies.

Bitter

Cynical and resentful.
I've been bitter ever since that defeat.

Bitter

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

Bitter

A type of beer heavily flavored with hops.

Bitter

(nautical) A turn of a cable about the bitts.

Bitter

A hardware system whose architecture is based around units of the specified number of bits binary digits.

Bitter

To make bitter.

Bitter

AA turn of the cable which is round the bitts.

Bitter

Any substance that is bitter. See Bitters.

Bitter

Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine; bitter as aloes.

Bitter

Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe; as, a bitter cold day.

Bitter

Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind; calamitous; poignant.
It is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God.

Bitter

Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh; stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach.
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Bitter

Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable.
The Egyptians . . . made their lives bitter with hard bondage.

Bitter

To make bitter.

Bitter

English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft)

Bitter

The taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth

Bitter

The property of having a harsh unpleasant taste

Bitter

Make bitter

Bitter

Marked by strong resentment or cynicism;
An acrimonious dispute
Bitter about the divorce

Bitter

Very difficult to accept or bear;
The bitter truth
A bitter sorrow

Bitter

Harsh or corrosive in tone;
An acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose
A barrage of acid comments
Her acrid remarks make her many enemies
Bitter words
Blistering criticism
Caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics
A sulfurous denunciation

Bitter

One of the four basic taste sensations; sharp and disagreeable; like the taste of quinine

Bitter

Expressive of severe grief or regret;
Shed bitter tears

Bitter

Proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity;
A bitter struggle
Bitter enemies

Bitter

Causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold;
Bitter cold
A biting wind

Bitter

Extremely and sharply;
It was bitterly cold
Bitter cold

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