misery

[ miz-uh-ree ]
/ ˈmɪz ə ri /

noun, plural mis·er·ies.

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.
  1. a pain: a misery in my left side.
  2. rheumatism.
  3. Often miseries. a case or period of despondency or gloom.

Origin of misery

1325–75; Middle English miserie < Latin miseria, equivalent to miser wretched + -ia -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for misery

misery

/ (ˈmɪzərɪ) /

noun plural -eries

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 for misery

C14: via Anglo-Norman from Latin miseria, from miser wretched
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Word Origin and History for misery

misery


n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with misery

misery


In addition to the idiom beginning with misery

  • misery loves company

also see:

  • put someone out of his or her misery
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