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when something is good but there is a bad part about it
When I learned I won the contest I felt bittersweet knowing I beat out my best friend who wanted to win more than me.
by theZimbu August 01, 2005
mixture of two opposing feelings. one which is good and the other which is bad. such as pleasure and pain. it may be pleasurable but yet cause pain or discomfort.
Mike and I have a bittersweet relationship. The sex is awesome but besides that we don't have any connection.
by Caramelcocohoney September 18, 2005
A word that always works in English class if you need a word for tone. Even if you don't know anything about the piece you're talking about.
Teacher: "Blah blah blah, diction, syntax, imagery."
Student: "The tone of this passage sounds very... bittersweet."
Teacher: "Good job! You're my favorite student now!"
by Parkour November 12, 2014
A clear example of an oxymoron; when something tastes good, but also tastes bad; when a thought or feeling is good and bad/happy and sad/smiley and frowny, etc.
Joe sighed, remembering only bittersweet memories.
by LacunaCoil April 14, 2009
a love hate relationship
you love some part of it and hate some part of it
collage-you love the new place but hate not seeing your friends and family which is an example of bittersweet
by chebro August 24, 2008
A situation that is both "bitter" (sucks) and "sweet" (awesome) at the same time.
This morning was bittersweet. I had sex this morning, but I was 30 minutes late to work.
by CreateNew January 12, 2012
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