bitterness vs jaundice what difference

what is difference between bitterness and jaundice



From Middle English bitternesse, biternesse, from Old English biternes (bitterness; grief), equivalent to bitter +‎ -ness.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɪtənəs/


bitterness (countable and uncountable, plural bitternesses)

  1. The quality of having a bitter taste.
  2. The quality of feeling bitter; acrimony, resentment; the quality of exhibiting such feelings.
    She kept her bitterness about her mistreatment for the rest of her life.
    the bitterness of his words
  3. The quality of eliciting a bitter feeling; humiliating, harsh.
    Nothing could assuage the bitterness of their defeat.
  4. Harsh cold.
    The bitterness of the winter caught us all by surprise.


  • (quality of being bitter in taste): acerbicness, acridity, acridness
  • (quality of feeling bitter): acrimony, gall, rancor/rancour, resentment




From Middle English jaundis, jaunis, from Middle French jaunisse, from jaune (yellow) + -isse (-ness). Jaune, from Old French jalne, from Latin galbinus (yellowish), from galbus (yellow).


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɔndɪs/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdʒɔːndɪs/


jaundice (countable and uncountable, plural jaundices)

  1. (pathology) A morbid condition, characterized by yellowness of the eyes, skin, and urine. [from early 14th c.]
    Synonym: icterus
    • 2004, Gabrielle Hatfield, Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine: Old World and New World Traditions, ABC-CLIO (→ISBN), page 215:
      In British folk medicine there are some unusual remedies for jaundice. A bizarre superstition from Staffordshire is that if a bladder is filled with the patient’s urine and placed near the fire, as it dries out, the patient will recover (Black 1883: 56).
    • 2016, Dueep Jyot Singh, John Davidson, Knowing More About Jaundice – Prevention and Natural Cure Remedies of Jaundice, Mendon Cottage Books (→ISBN), page 8:
      Just ask the doctors how many cases of infantile jaundice in newborn babies have this scene that particular week?
  2. (figuratively) A feeling of bitterness, resentment or jealousy. [from 1620s]

Derived terms

  • black jaundice
  • blue jaundice


See also

  • cyanopathy


jaundice (third-person singular simple present jaundices, present participle jaundicing, simple past and past participle jaundiced)

  1. (transitive) To affect with jaundice; to color by prejudice or envy; to prejudice. [from 1791]
    • 1850, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, My Novel


Further reading

  • jaundice on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • Jacuinde

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