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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Is that misery level worth $2,000-and-change a month? Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2021 Critics say Hezbollah profits from Lebanon’s misery, giving no incentive to fix it. Dana Khraiche, Bloomberg.com, 10 Sep. 2021 But the international left is trying to help Cuba’s military dictatorship recover from this public-relations disaster by blaming the U.S. for the island’s misery. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 6 Sep. 2021 That misery-loves-company plea hides the surrender-to-government overreach that has taken place in many private middle-class homes. Armond White, National Review, 3 Sep. 2021 Searing heat is compounding misery for areas hit by Hurricane Ida. NBC News, 31 Aug. 2021 For Afghans, the war brought countless fresh graves and frequent doses of abject misery. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 The Superdome and New Orleans Convention Center became scenes of sweltering misery as tens of thousands were stranded without power or running water. Time, 28 Aug. 2021 The Superdome and New Orleans Convention Center became scenes of sweltering misery as tens of thousands were stranded without power or running water. Rebecca Santana And Kevin Mcgill, chicagotribune.com, 28 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'misery.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of misery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of misery was in the 14th century

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14 Sep 2021

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“Misery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misery. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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