noun mis·ery \ˈmi-zə-rē, ˈmiz-rē\

: extreme suffering or unhappiness

: something that causes extreme suffering or unhappiness

: a very unhappy or painful time or experience

plural mis·er·ies

Full Definition of MISERY

:  a state of suffering and want that is the result of poverty or affliction
:  a circumstance, thing, or place that causes suffering or discomfort
:  a state of great unhappiness and emotional distress

Examples of MISERY

  1. The war brought misery to thousands of refugees.
  2. They were living in overcrowded slums in conditions of great misery.
  3. a source of human misery
  4. the joy and misery of life
  5. The last years of her life were a misery.
  6. Stop being such a misery.

First Known Use of MISERY

14th century


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