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

Synonym Discussion of MISERY

distress, suffering, misery, agony mean the state of being in great trouble. distress implies an external and usually temporary cause of great physical or mental strain and stress <the hurricane put everyone in great distress>. suffering implies conscious endurance of pain or distress <the suffering of famine victims>. misery stresses the unhappiness attending especially sickness, poverty, or loss <the homeless live with misery every day>. agony suggests pain too intense to be borne <in agony over the death of their child>.
MISERY Defined for Kids


noun mis·ery \ˈmi-zə-rē, ˈmiz-rē\
plural mis·er·ies

Definition of MISERY for Kids

:  great suffering or unhappiness


Next Word in the Dictionary: misery indexPrevious Word in the Dictionary: miserlyAll Words Near: misery
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears