misery

noun
mis·​ery | \ ˈmi-zə-rē How to pronounce misery (audio) , ˈmiz-rē\
plural miseries

Definition of misery

1 : a state of suffering and want that is the result of poverty or affliction War brought misery to thousands of refugees.
2 : a circumstance, thing, or place that causes suffering or discomfort the joys and miseries of life
3 : a state of great unhappiness and emotional distress My former boss made my life a misery.

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Synonyms & Antonyms for misery

Synonyms

agony, Gehenna, hell, horror, murder, nightmare, torment, torture

Antonyms

heaven, paradise

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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

Examples of misery in a Sentence

The war brought misery to thousands of refugees. They were living in overcrowded slums in conditions of great misery. a source of human misery the joy and misery of life The last years of her life were a misery. Stop being such a misery.
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Europe brought its legion of miseries on itself, but that’s beside the point. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "A Closer Look at Rockwell’s Four Freedoms," 22 June 2019 The opposition blames Venezuela’s misery on misguided economic policies, mismanagement and corruption by the socialist administration installed by the late Hugo Chavez. Washington Post, "Venezuela’s misery doesn’t even spare the dead in Maracaibo," 19 June 2019 The opposition blames Venezuela’s misery on misguided economic policies, mismanagement and corruption by the socialist administration installed by the late Hugo Chavez. NBC News, "Venezuela's dead are not spared as theft increases in cemeteries," 18 June 2019 Every day one is confronted by words and visions of human misery. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Lee Radziwill's Best Quotes on Life, Regrets, and Beauty," 16 Feb. 2019 There’s that old saying that misery loves company, and we were both challenged by Parcells to be really good coaches. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, first-team offense might play just opening drive on Friday," 8 Aug. 2019 This past spring, before a barrage of interceptions made him the most buzzed-about defensive back at USC’s training camp, Olaijah Griffin sat at home, doing little else but stewing in his own misery. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC’s Olaijah Griffin has a spring in his step after surgery on both shoulders," 8 Aug. 2019 Coonrod continued his misery with a bases-loaded balk, and then came the fly to Pillar. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco Giants put up little fight, lose to Nationals 4-0," 6 Aug. 2019 Ballet's notoriously narrow beauty standards compounded her misery. Emily Dixon, CNN, "Doctors couldn't explain why an acclaimed ballet dancer was ill. Finally, she's resurrecting her career," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of misery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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misery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of misery

: extreme suffering or unhappiness
: something that causes extreme suffering or unhappiness
: a very unhappy or painful time or experience

misery

noun
mis·​ery | \ ˈmi-zə-rē How to pronounce misery (audio) , ˈmiz-rē\
plural miseries

Kids Definition of misery

: great suffering or unhappiness

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