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.

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Origin of misery

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English miserie, from Latin miseria, equivalent to miser “wretched” + -ia-y3

synonym study for misery

3. See sorrow.
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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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Idioms and Phrases with misery

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