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.
worthy of pity; deplorable: a miserable failure.
- mis·er·a·ble·ness, noun
- mis·er·a·bly, adverb
- qua·si-mis·er·a·ble, adjective
- qua·si-mis·er·a·bly, adverb
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How to use miserable in a sentence
Misery may love company, but when everyone is more or less miserable, we need some kind of relief valve.
She had never hiked or camped because her allergies make her miserable outdoors.This AI whiz could be the next Elon Musk or Steve Jobs, but first she has to navigate being 18 | Taylor Telford | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
I’m worried I’ll end up cold and miserable, sitting alone in the woods and unable to enjoy the experience.
Though Minnesota’s good fortune this season is proof that can always change, the T-Wolves also prove you have to suffer through some pretty miserable basketball to give yourself enough chances for that luck to reverse.The NBA’s Unluckiest Lottery Team Finally Got A Good Bounce | Neil Paine (firstname.lastname@example.org) | August 21, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
They lived in a camp that houses more than 5,000 people who had fled Boko Haram, and life in the camp was miserable.Heartbreaking Story Of Two Survivors Of Nigeria’s ‘Baby Factories’ | D. N. | May 6, 2020 | No Straight News
Their first attempt to unseat the House speaker failed miserably, so why not try again?
So, miserably, he resorted to the autocue, and even this he turned into a disaster.
And, crucially, what next for these so-called lost women, for the lost girls who have been failed so miserably?
Most of those states, moreover, failed miserably in basic functions.
I had expected Alaska to be miserably cold, with howling winds and fierce storms.Visiting the Arctic Circle…Before It’s Irreversibly Changed | Terry Greene Sterling | April 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Few of us ever made a proper use of models, and nearly all of us have miserably trained hands.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The huts of the poor people are miserably bad, being mostly built of clay and wood, and threatening to fall down every moment.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Controve, compose or invent tunes, foule fayle, fail miserably.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
Those two men are to-day holding their offices by the vote of a miserably lean minority of the people of the State of Tennessee.Portrait and Biography of Parson Brownlow, The Tennessee Patriot | William Gannaway Brownlow
He looks as pale as the visard of the ghost which cries so miserably at the Theatre, like an oyster-wife, "Hamlet, revenge!"Shakespearean Playhouses | Joseph Quincy Adams
British Dictionary definitions for miserable
unhappy or depressed; wretched
causing misery, discomfort, etc: a miserable life
contemptible: a miserable villain
sordid or squalid: miserable living conditions
Scot, Australian and NZ mean; stingy
(pejorative intensifier): you miserable wretch
- miserableness, noun
- miserably, adverb
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