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
Someone please put the Orioles’ pitching staff out of its misery.
The rankings – while completely unscientific – attempt to rank the level of summer misery when factoring in both weather and the ways to beat the heat.
Dull razor blades and tight clothes (that’s right: Your skinny jeans may actually be causing your ingrown-pube misery).
To fend off the nausea, headache, dizziness, and general misery that often follows an intense night of drinking, try the tricks experts use to mitigate the damage: 1.
And while Knicks fans may be in love with their own misery, even with them there’s such a thing as too far.
And no matter how wretched or tortured their situations, Klam makes sure that the portrait of male misery is a punchline rather than something to pity.
The ever-changing images riffed on original album art designer Barney Bubbles’ cover painting (itself a play on Picasso) and incorporated vintage illustrations and worn paperback book covers, winking at the theme of romantic misery.
And none of this gets at the individual misery of people who couldn’t buy insurance or are thrown off Medicaid.
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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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