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Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.


Bitter as the suffering of life.

Bitter as gall.

Bitter as chestnut husks.
—Honoré de Balzac

Bitter as self-sacrifice.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Bitter, like a day of mourning.
—Joseph Conrad

More bitter than the sea.
—Joseph Conrad

Bitter as a nausea.
—Gabriel D’Annunzio

Their earthly days were bitter, like the oil-tree.
—Thomas De Quincey

Love bitter as Despair.
—Lord De Tabley

Bitter as Penthea’s curse.
—John Ford

Bitter as truth.
—Victor Hugo

Bitter in the mouth as a page torn out of Ecclesiastes.
—James Huneker

Bitter as home-brewed ale.
—Henry W. Longfellow

Bitter as hemlock.
—Fitz-James O’Brien

Bitter as coloquintida.
—William Shakespeare

Bitter to me as death.
—William Shakespeare

Bitter as fell.
—Edmund Spenser

Bitter as a tear.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bitter as harsh-lipped spring.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bitter as the breaking down of love.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Thy speech is bitterer than the sea.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Bitter like blood.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Her heart within
Burnt bitter like an aftertaste of sin
To one whose memory drinks and loathes the lee
Of shame or sorrow deeper than the sea.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands.
—Old Testament

Bitter as wormwood.
—Old Testament

Bitterer than Sardinian herbage.