miserable


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mis·er·a·ble

 (mĭz′ər-ə-bəl, mĭz′rə-)
adj.
1. Very uncomfortable or unhappy; wretched.
2. Causing or accompanied by great discomfort or distress: a miserable climate.
3. Mean or shameful; contemptible: a miserable trick.
4. Wretchedly inadequate: lived in a miserable shack; fed the prisoners miserable rations.
5. Of poor quality; inferior: miserable handicraft.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin miserābilis, pitiable, from miserārī, to pity, from miser, wretched.]

mis′er·a·ble n.
mis′er·a·ble·ness n.
mis′er·a·bly adv.

miserable

(ˈmɪzərəbəl; ˈmɪzrə-)
adj
1. unhappy or depressed; wretched
2. causing misery, discomfort, etc: a miserable life.
3. contemptible: a miserable villain.
4. sordid or squalid: miserable living conditions.
5. Scot and Austral and NZ mean; stingy
6. (pejorative intensifier): you miserable wretch.
[C16: from Old French, from Latin miserābilis worthy of pity, from miserārī to pity, from miser wretched]
ˈmiserableness n
ˈmiserably adv

mis•er•a•ble

(ˈmɪz ər ə bəl, ˈmɪz rə-)

adj.
1. wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable: a miserable beggar.
2. contemptible: a miserable villain.
3. attended with or causing misery: a miserable existence.
4. manifesting misery.
5. worthy of pity: a miserable failure.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin miserābilis=miserā(rī) to pity (derivative of miser wretched) + -bilis -ble]
mis′er•a•ble•ness, n.
mis′er•a•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.miserable - very unhappymiserable - very unhappy; full of misery; "he felt depressed and miserable"; "a message of hope for suffering humanity"; "wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages"
unhappy - experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent; "unhappy over her departure"; "unhappy with her raise"; "after the argument they lapsed into an unhappy silence"; "had an unhappy time at school"; "the unhappy (or sad) news"; "he looks so sad"
2.miserable - deserving or inciting pitymiserable - deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"
unfortunate - not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned"
3.miserable - of the most contemptible kindmiserable - of the most contemptible kind; "abject cowardice"; "a low stunt to pull"; "a low-down sneak"; "his miserable treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"; "a scummy rabble"; "a scurvy trick"
contemptible - deserving of contempt or scorn
4.miserable - of very poor quality or condition; "deplorable housing conditions in the inner city"; "woeful treatment of the accused"; "woeful errors of judgment"
inferior - of low or inferior quality
5.miserable - characterized by physical misery; "a wet miserable weekend"; "spent a wretched night on the floor"
uncomfortable - providing or experiencing physical discomfort; "an uncomfortable chair"; "an uncomfortable day in the hot sun"
6.miserable - contemptibly small in amountmiserable - contemptibly small in amount; "a measly tip"; "the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief"; "a paltry wage"; "almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans"
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy - deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"

miserable

adjective
2. dreary, bleak, desolate, sorry, depressing, foul, dismal, shabby, vile, unhappy, seedy, sordid, squalid, dilapidated, wretched, cheerless, godforsaken, uninviting, scungy (Austral. & N.Z.) There was nothing in this miserable place to distract him.
3. unpleasant, wet, rainy, stormy, rotten (informal), dreich (Scot.) a grey, wet, miserable day
4. sullen, sour, moody, grumpy, gloomy, sombre, bad-tempered, glum, surly, sulky, taciturn, ill-tempered, humourless, lugubrious, cantankerous, grouchy, peevish, saturnine He always was a miserable man. He never spoke to anyone.
5. pathetic, low, sorry, disgraceful, mean, shameful, shabby, abject, despicable, deplorable, lamentable, contemptible, scurvy, pitiable, detestable, piteous They have so far accepted a miserable 1,100 refugees from the former Yugoslavia.
pathetic respectable, admirable

miserable

adjective
1. Suffering from usually prolonged anguish:
2. Having a painful ailment:
3. Of decidedly inferior quality:
Informal: cheesy.
Slang: crummy, schlocky.
noun
A person living under very unhappy circumstances:
Translations
بائِستَعِيسٌزَهيد، ضَئيل
nešťastnýsklíčenýubohýbědnýmizerný
elendigmiserabelulykkelig
kurja
nesretan
gyatranyomorultpocsék
ömurlegurvansæll
惨めな
비참한
labai nelaimingaspasigailėtinas
nelaimīgsnožēlojamstrūcīgs
mizerie
bedennesrečenslab
eländig
ทำให้หดหู่ใจ
khốn khổ

miserable

[ˈmɪzərəbl] ADJ
1. (= unhappy) [person] → abatido, con el ánimo por los suelos; [face] → triste
to feel miserabletener el ánimo por los suelos, sentirse abatido or deprimido
Sheila was looking miserablea Sheila se la veía abatida
don't look so miserable!¡alegra esa cara!
to make sb miserablehacer a algn sentirse deprimido
my job was making me really miserablemi trabajo me estaba deprimiendo
2. (= depressing) [place, life, weather] → deprimente; [childhood] → desdichado, infeliz
it was wet and miserable outsidefuera hacía un tiempo lluvioso y deprimente
it was a miserable businessera un asunto deprimente or lamentable
to make sb's life miserable; make life miserable for sbamargar la vida a algn
to have a miserable timepasarlo mal, pasarlo fatal
3. (= wretched) [hovel, shantytown, beggar] → mísero
the miserable conditions they were living inla miseria en la que vivían
4. (= contemptible, mean) you miserable (old) thing!¡viejo ruin!
5. (= paltry) [offer] → mísero, mezquino; [pay] → miserable; [meal] → triste, mísero
a miserable two poundsdos miserables libras
they gave me a miserable piece of bread for lunchme dieron un triste trozo de pan para comer
6. (= complete) to be a miserable failure [attempt, play] → ser un fracaso espantoso or rotundo, ser un triste fracaso; [person] → ser un fracaso total

miserable

[ˈmɪzərəbəl] adj
[person] (= unhappy) → malheureux/euse
His job was making him miserable → Son travail le rendait malheureux.
You're looking miserable → Tu as l'air malheureux.
to feel miserable → ne pas avoir le moral
I'm feeling miserable → Je n'ai pas le moral.
[person] (= bad-tempered) → maussade
[weather] → maussade; [day] → maussade
The weather was miserable → Il faisait un temps maussade.
It was miserable and cold → Il faisait un temps maussade et froid.
(= wretched) [place, situation] → misérable
(= paltry) → misérable
They donate a miserable seven million pounds a year → Leur donations s'élèvent à sept misérables millions de livres par an., Ils donnent la somme misérable de sept millions de livres par an.
Our speed was a miserable 2.2 knots → Nous filions la vitesse misérable de 2,2 nœuds à l'heure.
[failure] → lamentable
to be a miserable failure → être un échec lamentable

miserable

adj
(= unhappy) personunglücklich, trostlos; colourtrist; (= ill-tempered)griesgrämig; I feel miserable todayich fühle mich heute elend or (ill) → miserabel; miserable with hunger/coldelend vor Hunger/Kälte; a miserable old hageine missmutige alte Hexe; to make somebody miserablejdm Kummer machen or bereiten, jdn unglücklich machen; to make life miserable for somebody, to make somebody’s life miserablejdm das Leben zur Qual machen
(= wretched, causing distress) headache, cold, weathergrässlich, fürchterlich; life, existence, hovel, spectacleerbärmlich, elend, jämmerlich; placeöde, trostlos; he died a miserable deather ist elend or jämmerlich zugrunde or zu Grunde gegangen
(= contemptible)miserabel, jämmerlich, erbärmlich; persongemein, erbärmlich; treatment, behaviourgemein; sum, failurekläglich, jämmerlich; a miserable £3mickrige 3 Pfund (inf); you miserable little wretch!du mieses kleines Biest!, du Miststück! (inf); to be a miserable failurekläglich versagen

miserable

[ˈmɪzrbl] adj
a. (unhappy) → infelice; (deplorable, sight, failure) → penoso/a
to feel miserable → sentirsi avvilito/a or giù di morale (physically) → sentirsi a terra
don't look so miserable! → non fare quella faccia da funerale!
b. (filthy, wretched) → miserabile; (unpleasant, weather) → deprimente
c. (contemptible) → miserabile
a miserable £2 → 2 miserabili sterline

miserable

(ˈmizərəbl) adjective
1. very unhappy; She's been miserable since he went away.
2. very poor in quantity or quality. The house was in a miserable condition.
ˈmiserably adverb

miserable

تَعِيسٌ sklíčený elendig elend δυστυχής miserable kurja malheureux nesretan miserabile 惨めな 비참한 beroerd elendig marny miserável жалкий eländig ทำให้หดหู่ใจ sefil khốn khổ 痛苦的
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A poor, bare, miserable room it was, with broken windows, no fire, ragged bedclothes, a sick mother, wailing baby, and a group of pale, hungry children cuddled under one old quilt, trying to keep warm.
In the wood he gathered sticks to build a fire, by which he sat trying to warm himself, miserable in body and in mind.
After I watched Antonia and her mother go over the hill on their miserable horse, carrying our iron pot with them, I turned to grandmother, who had taken up her darning, and said I hoped that snooping old woman wouldn't come to see us any more.
It even prevailed over the miserable travesty of the song of David which the singer had selected from a volume of similar effusions, and caused the sense to be forgotten in the insinuating harmony of the sounds.
Here, where the hand of violence shed the blood of the innocent; where the horrid yells of savages, and the groans of the distressed, sounded in our ears, we now hear the praises and adoration of our Creator; where wretched wigwams stood, the miserable abodes of savages, we behold the foundations of cities laid, that, in all probability, will rival the glory of the greatest upon earth.
This was a nephew, the cousin of the miserable young man who had been convicted of the uncle's murder.
It would not reflect, or only with miserable dimness, the figures with which I did my best to people it.
But she will never see me, for they do not let me out of this shabby stable - a foul and miserable place, with most two wrecks like myself for company.
Patsy is miserable about it; miserable on account of the neighbors, and particularly miserable on account of her foreigners, of course; so miserable on their account that she hasn't any room to worry about her own little losses.
The hair was curled, and the maid sent away, and Emma sat down to think and be miserable.
In both, there were several knots of loungers, squalid and miserable, but now with a manifest sense of power enthroned on their distress.
It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home.