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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not sweet)
a. bitter
El té está amargo, así le voy a poner miel.The tea is bitter, so I'm going to add honey.
b. tart
Para mí, las grosellas negras son demasiado amargas.Blackcurrants are too tart for me.
c. unsweetened
Prefiero usar el cacao amargo en los pasteles.I prefer using unsweetened cocoa powder in my cakes.
2. (related to chocolate)
a. bitter
La receta pide chocolate amargo.This recipe calls for bitter chocolate.
b. dark
Prefiero el chocolate amargo.I prefer dark chocolate.
3. (distressing)
a. bitter
Perder la carrera fue una experiencia amarga.Losing the race was a bitter experience.
b. painful
Su infancia está llena de recuerdos amargos.Her childhood is full of painful memories.
4. (cynical)
a. bitter
La chica simpática de mi juventud se había convertido en una mujer amarga.The sweet girl of my youth had become a bitter woman.
b. embittered
Tras el divorcio, parece un hombre algo amargo y desconfiado.Following the divorce, he seems a somewhat wary and embittered man.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
5. (taste)
a. bitterness
Dicen que el amargo se percibe en la parte trasera de la lengua.They say that bitterness is tasted at the back of the tongue.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6. (culinary)
a. bitters
Hay que comprar amargos para preparar este coctel.We need to buy bitters in order to make this cocktail.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (sabor, recuerdo, persona)
a. bitter
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amargoa amarga
1 [+sabor] bitter; tart
más amargo que tueras más amargo que la hiel terribly bitter
2 (apenado) bitter; embittered
3 (S. Cone) (cobarde) cowardly; (Caribe) (poco servicial) unhelpful; offhand
1 [de sabor] bitterness; tartness
2 amargos (licor) bitters
3 (S. Cone) (mate) bitter tea; bitter Paraguayan tea
(S. Cone) [de mal genio] grouch (familiar); (vago) shirker; skiver (familiar);
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