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misère

noun
  1. a call in solo whist and other card games declaring a hand that will win no tricks
  2. a hand that will win no tricks
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Word Origin

C19: from French: misery
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Examples from the Web for misère

Historical Examples

  • Qui medice vivit, misere vivit—He who lives by medical prescription lives miserably.

    Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources

    James Wood

  • Sylvie thought she might escape paying her misere if she went to see after Pierrette, but Madame de Chargeboeuf stopped her.

    Pierrette

    Honore de Balzac