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misery

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1 a situation or state that causes great suffering and unhappiness
  • the flood brought misery to the many hundreds whom it had made homeless

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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

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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

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

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“Misery.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/misery. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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