- 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 miserably
So, miserably, he resorted to the autocue, and even this he turned into a disaster.Justin Bieber's Abs Cannot Save Him
September 10, 2014
And, crucially, what next for these so-called lost women, for the lost girls who have been failed so miserably?The Psychology of Sex Slave Rings
August 31, 2014
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
She knew she had made the right marriage when she lost the election, miserably.New Feminists: Young, Multicultural, Strategic, and Looking Out for Each Other
February 26, 2013
But Bennett, a religious IDF commander and self-made multimillionaire, failed us miserably on two leadership issues.Voting For Yair Lapid, Israel’s Maimonides
Rabbi Daniel Landes
February 4, 2013
Rose wrote that she was miserably unhappy with her step-mother.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
And so the week went by miserably, and I did not tell my love.In the Valley
Two experiments which he had previously made had failed most miserably.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I am so feeble, so miserably weak and feeble, and I want to be strong.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
"Let me see," said I—and we mounted a miserably dim staircase.
- 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 miserably
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.