Misery definition

mĭzə-rē
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(dial.) A pain (in some part of the body)
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A cause or source of suffering.

The miseries of adolescence.

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A condition of great wretchedness or suffering because of pain, sorrow, poverty, etc.; distress.
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A cause of such suffering; pain, sorrow, poverty, squalor, etc.
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Misery is defined as the condition of suffering.

An example of misery is living during a war without enough water or food.

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Misery means an extremely unhappy feeling.

An example of misery is the sadness someone feels after a family member dies.

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(informal) A physical ache or ailment.
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The state of suffering and want as a result of physical circumstances or extreme poverty.
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Mental or emotional unhappiness or distress.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
misery
Plural:
miseries

Origin of misery

  • Middle English miserie from Old French from Latin miseria from miser wretched

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition