- Misery is defined as the condition of suffering.
An example of misery is living during a war without enough water or food.
- Misery means an extremely unhappy feeling.
An example of misery is the sadness someone feels after a family member dies.
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- a condition of great wretchedness or suffering because of pain, sorrow, poverty, etc.; distress
- a cause of such suffering; pain, sorrow, poverty, squalor, etc.
- Dialectal a pain (in some part of the body)
Origin: Middle English miserie from Old French from Classical Latin miseria from miser, wretched
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noun pl. mis·er·ies
- a. The state of suffering and want as a result of physical circumstances or extreme poverty.b. Mental or emotional unhappiness or distress: “Our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances” (Martha Washington).
- A cause or source of suffering.
- Informal A physical ache or ailment.
Origin: Middle English miserie, from Old French, from Latin miseria, from miser, wretched.