- wretchedness of condition or circumstances.
- distress or suffering caused by need, privation, or poverty.
- great mental or emotional distress; extreme unhappiness.
- a cause or source of distress.
- Older Use.
- a pain: a misery in my left side.
- Often miseries.a case or period of despondency or gloom.
Origin of misery
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Examples from the Web for misery
It breaks up families, burns hope, and perpetuates cycles of misery.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
She actively, and with glee, imbued their lives with an abundance of misery.J.K. Rowling Pens the Greatest Horror Story Ever: Dolores Umbridge Was Real
October 31, 2014
On a Smiths-themed boat tour, the phrase ‘misery loves company’ is predictably proven.This Charming Man: Meet 'Ronnissey,' Brooklyn's Fake Morrissey
September 10, 2014
Another film you made, that a lot of people might not know you directed, is Misery.Rob Reiner on the State of Romcoms, ‘The Princess Bride’s’ Alternate Ending, and the Red Viper
July 27, 2014
If comedy is born of pain and misery, he has already experienced more than his share.Jim Norton And His Many Vices
July 25, 2014
And let it be considered, what misery to me, Madam, if I marry that hated Solmes!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
And what I overheard in the armoury--about a telegram--telling me--putting me out of my misery?Viviette
William J. Locke
But she had not so much share in her own cheerfulness as her poor aunts had in their misery.
In the selfishness of his misery he looked upon this as lack of sympathy with himself.
Now, she was sunken in an apathy that saved her from the worst pangs of misery.Within the Law
- intense unhappiness, discomfort, or suffering; wretchedness
- a cause of such unhappiness, discomfort, etc
- squalid or poverty-stricken conditions
- British informal a person who is habitually depressedhe is such a misery
- dialect a pain or ailment
Word Origin and History for misery
late 14c., "condition of external unhappiness," from Old French misere "miserable situation, misfortune, distress" (12c.), from Latin miseria "wretchedness," from miser (see miser). Meaning "condition of one in great sorrow or mental distress" is from 1530s. Meaning "bodily pain" is 1825, American English.