bittersweet

bit•ter•sweet
adj. [[t]ˌbɪt ərˈswit, ˈbɪt ərˌswit[/t]] n. [[t]ˈbɪt ərˌswit[/t]] adj.
1) coo both bitter and sweet to the taste:
bittersweet chocolate[/ex]
2) both pleasant and painful or regretful:
a bittersweet memory[/ex]
3) pln a climbing or trailing plant, Solanum dulcamara, of the nightshade family, having small, violet, star-shaped flowers with a protruding yellow center and scarlet berries
4) pln any climbing plant of the genus Celastrus, of the staff-tree family bearing orange capsules opening to expose red-coated seeds
5) pleasure mingled with pain or regret
Etymology: 1350–1400 bit`ter•sweet′ly, adv. bit`ter•sweet′ness, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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