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miserable

adjective mis·er·a·ble \ˈmi-zər-bəl, ˈmiz-rə-, ˈmi-zə-rə-\

: very unhappy

: very sick or unwell

: very severe or unpleasant

Full Definition of MISERABLE

1
:  being in a pitiable state of distress or unhappiness (as from want or shame) <miserable refugees>
2
a :  wretchedly inadequate or meager <a miserable hovel>
b :  causing extreme discomfort or unhappiness <a miserable situation>
3
:  being likely to discredit or shame <his miserable neglect of his wife>
miserable noun
mis·er·a·ble·ness noun
mis·er·a·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of MISERABLE

  1. He had a miserable childhood.
  2. My boss is making my life thoroughly miserable with her constant demands and criticism.
  3. He felt lonely and miserable after his divorce.
  4. I've had a miserable cold for the past week.
  5. He lived in a miserable little shack.

Origin of MISERABLE

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin miserabilis wretched, pitiable, from miserari to pity, from miser
First Known Use: 15th century

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