- wretchedly unhappy, uneasy, or uncomfortable: miserable victims of war.
- wretchedly poor; needy.
- of wretched character or quality; contemptible: a miserable villain.
- attended with or causing misery: a miserable existence.
- manifesting misery.
- worthy of pity; deplorable: a miserable failure.
Origin of miserable
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Examples from the Web for miserable
The young people in Girls are miserable, peevish, depressed, hate their bodies, themselves, their life, and each other.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham
P. J. O’Rourke
December 13, 2014
Instead, she lives in miserable circumstances, only made more miserable by the attention her beauty earns.The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War
September 16, 2014
Netflix speeds were crawling along making it miserable for customers to stream content.Porn Fights For Your Right to Surf: Pornhub, YouPorn, and Redtube Lead Charge For Net Neutrality
September 13, 2014
Is it halal if the animal lives a miserable life while never seeing sunlight?Inside The Growing Organic Halal Movement
September 7, 2014
Like most bus rides, and especially 22-hour bus rides, it was a miserable trip.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
The country all the way, in fact, is most miserable and intolerable.
Before we reached the range we had most miserable spinifex sand-hills.
Spinifex for the first fourteen miles, and miserable country.
But, perhaps, he may not be quite so miserable as he is represented.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
But where all things fade, how miserable to be the one that could not fade!The Prophetic Pictures (From "Twice Told Tales")
- unhappy or depressed; wretched
- causing misery, discomfort, etca miserable life
- contemptiblea miserable villain
- sordid or squalidmiserable living conditions
- Scot, Australian and NZ mean; stingy
- (pejorative intensifier)you miserable wretch
Word Origin and History for miserable
early 15c., "full of misery, causing wretchedness" (of conditions), from Old French miserable "prone to pity, merciful," and directly from Latin miserabilis "pitiable, miserable, deplorable, lamentable," from miserari "to pity, lament, deplore," from miser "wretched" (see miser). Of persons, "existing in a state of misery" it is attested from 1520s.