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.
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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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