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misery

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of misery

  1. 1 a situation or state that causes great suffering and unhappiness the flood brought misery to the many hundreds whom it had made homeless Synonyms of misery agony, Gehenna, horror, hell, murder, nightmare, torment, tortureWords Related to misery affliction, calvary, cross, curse, ordeal, trial, tribulation; calamity, misfortune, tragedy; gall, thorn; bummer, downer, dragNear Antonyms of misery delight, diversion, entertainment, fun, joy, pleasure, recreation; lark, picnic, riotAntonyms of misery heaven, paradise

  2. 2 a state of great suffering of body or mind a medication that promises to provide greater relief to those living in chronic misery because of arthritis Synonyms of misery affliction, agony, anguish, excruciation, hurt, distress, pain, rack, strait(s), torment, torture, travail, tribulation, woeWords Related to misery discomfort; cross, crucible, trial; heartache, heartbreak, joylessness, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness; emergency, pinch; asperity, difficulty, hardship, rigor; ache, pang, smarting, soreness, stitch, throe, twinge; danger, jeopardy, troubleNear Antonyms of misery comfort, consolation, solace; alleviation, assuagement, ease, relief; peace, security; well-being

Synonym Discussion of misery

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

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