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.
a pain: a misery in my left side.
Often miseries. a case or period of despondency or gloom.
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How to use misery in a sentence
It took years of accumulated misery around mirrors to make me quit pie.
It was miserable, but the level of misery made it more memorable.Two soccer fans have attended every MLS Cup, and they’re not stopping now | Steven Goff | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
The trillion-dollar gap between actual GDP and potential GDP is a gap made up of misery, unemployment, and unfulfilled promise.
His misery over the loss of his son, Eddy — a talented guitarist who overdosed on heroin — never subsided.
For others, an active infection may spell misery for months.WHO says common steroids can slash death risk for the sickest coronavirus patients | Sy Mukherjee | September 2, 2020 | Fortune
There are no moratoriums on the Internet, least of all for news of human misery.
Every possible outcome—them together, them staying with their existing partners—seems only likely to bring misery.How Will They End ‘The Affair’? Showtime’s Adultery Drama Defies Predictability | Tim Teeman | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Has she been doomed by the science of 2014 to a life of sexual misery?Was 2014 the Year Science Discovered The Female Orgasm? | Samantha Allen | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I think religion in general is the source of most human misery,” he says.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler | Marlow Stern | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Tina Brown | November 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the year of misery, of agony and suffering in general he had endured, he had settled upon one theory.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
From this one source of misery, where was a promise or a chance of a final rescue?
Consequently there is so universal misery that no words could exaggerate it to your Majesty.
The darkness, or rather the general misapprehension, which prevails on this subject, is a frightful source of disease and misery.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
The years that followed the close of the Napoleonic wars in 1815 were in many senses years of unexampled misery.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for misery
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 depressed: he is such a misery
dialect a pain or ailment
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Other Idioms and Phrases with misery
In addition to the idiom beginning with misery
- misery loves company
- put someone out of his or her misery
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