noun, plural mis·er·ies.
- a pain: a misery in my left side.
- Often miseries. a case or period of despondency or gloom.
Origin of misery
Examples from the Web for misery
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|DAILY BEAST
She actively, and with glee, imbued their lives with an abundance of misery.J.K. Rowling Pens the Greatest Horror Story Ever: Dolores Umbridge Was Real|Kevin Fallon|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On a Smiths-themed boat tour, the phrase ‘misery loves company’ is predictably proven.This Charming Man: Meet 'Ronnissey,' Brooklyn's Fake Morrissey|Michael Moynihan|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another film you made, that a lot of people might not know you directed, is Misery.Rob Reiner on the State of Romcoms, ‘The Princess Bride’s’ Alternate Ending, and the Red Viper|Marlow Stern|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If comedy is born of pain and misery, he has already experienced more than his share.
The sources of misery in life are many: vice is one of the surest.The Life of Friedrich Schiller|Thomas Carlyle
Nor on her behalf would he have hesitated, though the misery might have continued for three months.The Prime Minister|Anthony Trollope
His spirit broke and he became a quivering jelly-mountain of misery.The Faith of Men|Jack London
Helen did not answer, nor did she half realize the question, so lost was she in her own misery.King Midas|Upton Sinclair
Entering the village, we saw a spectacle of wretchedness and misery seldom surpassed even on the banks of the Nile.Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland, 7th ed. Vol. 2 of 2|John Lloyd Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for misery
noun plural -eries
Word Origin for misery
Word Origin and History for misery
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.
Idioms and Phrases with misery
In addition to the idiom beginning with misery
- misery loves company
- put someone out of his or her misery