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.
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.
Recent Examples of misery from the Web
Bored and in misery during the finishing stages along Friars Road of his last marathon, with few spectators for miles —
In other words, contentment may not be in the cards for his character - but that doesn't mean that the rest of this season will be constant misery.
These are the very real human costs, financial and otherwise, of a single subway disruption — just one painful delay in what has become a season of transit misery.
The captions catalog suicides, murders, loneliness and misery.
The forecast for more rain threatens to bring further misery to the more than 100,000 people displaced in the western and southern regions of the nation that were lashed by two days of torrential rains.
Like the overpowering aroma of crab fries in the right-field walkways, the scent of misery was overpowering at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday.
On the show, Offred is the first to attack the man in the center of the salvaging circle while in the book, Ofglen gave the first beating to put the man, a member of the rebellion, out of his misery.
Though the 808 PureView’s camera rises above the flock, the rest of the user experience is mired in misery.
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First Known Use of misery
Synonym Discussion of misery
MISERY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of misery for English Language Learners
: extreme suffering or unhappiness
: something that causes extreme suffering or unhappiness
: a very unhappy or painful time or experience
MISERY Defined for Kids
Definition of misery for Students
: great suffering or unhappiness
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