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mis·er·y

 (mĭz′ə-rē)
n. pl. mis·er·ies
1.
a. The state of suffering and want as a result of physical circumstances or extreme poverty.
b. Mental or emotional unhappiness or distress: "Our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances" (Martha Washington).
2. A cause or source of suffering: the miseries of adolescence.
3. Informal A physical ache or ailment.

[Middle English miserie, from Old French, from Latin miseria, from miser, wretched.]

misery

(ˈmɪzərɪ)
n, pl -eries
1. intense unhappiness, discomfort, or suffering; wretchedness
2. a cause of such unhappiness, discomfort, etc
3. squalid or poverty-stricken conditions
4. informal Brit a person who is habitually depressed: he is such a misery.
5. dialect a pain or ailment
[C14: via Anglo-Norman from Latin miseria, from miser wretched]

mis•er•y

(ˈmɪz ə ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. wretchedness of condition or circumstances.
2. suffering caused by privation or poverty.
3. great mental or emotional distress; extreme unhappiness.
4. a source of distress.
[1325–75; < Latin miseria=miser wretched + -ia -y3]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.misery - a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortunemisery - a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune; "the misery and wretchedness of those slums is intolerable"
ill-being - lack of prosperity or happiness or health
concentration camp - a situation characterized by crowding and extremely harsh conditions
living death - a state of constant misery
woe, suffering - misery resulting from affliction
2.misery - a feeling of intense unhappinessmisery - a feeling of intense unhappiness; "she was exhausted by her misery and grief"
sadness, unhappiness - emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being

misery

noun
2. poverty, want, need, squalor, privation, penury, destitution, wretchedness, sordidness, indigence An elite profited from the misery of the poor.
poverty luxury
3. (Brit. informal) moaner, pessimist, killjoy, spoilsport, grouch (informal), prophet of doom, wet blanket (informal), sourpuss (informal), wowser (Austral. & N.Z. slang) I'm not such a misery now. I've got things sorted out a bit.
4. misfortune, trouble, trial, disaster, load, burden, curse, ordeal, hardship, catastrophe, sorrow, woe, calamity, affliction, tribulation, bitter pill (informal) There is no point dwelling on the miseries of the past.

misery

noun
1. A state of prolonged anguish and privation:
2. A state of physical or mental suffering:
3. Informal. A sensation of physical discomfort occurring as the result of disease or injury:
Translations
بُؤسٌبُؤْس، شَقاء، تَعاسَه
bídaneštěstísklíčenosttrápeníutrpení
elendighed
kurjuus
bijedajad
eymd
惨めさ
비참
bēdasposts
beda
elände
ความทุกข์ยาก
mutsuzluksefalet
sự khốn khổ

misery

[ˈmɪzərɪ] N
1. (= sadness) → tristeza f, pena f
2. (= poverty) → miseria f, pobreza f
to live in miseryvivir en la miseria
3. (= misfortune) → desgracia f
a life of miseryuna vida desgraciada
4. (= suffering) → sufrimiento m, dolor m
to put an animal out of its miseryrematar a un animal (para que no sufra)
to put sb out of his/her misery (fig) → sacar a algn de la incertidumbre
to make sb's life a miseryamargar la vida a algn
5. (Brit) (= person) → aguafiestas mf inv

misery

[ˈmɪzəri] n
(= unhappiness) → misère f
All that money brought nothing but misery → Tout cet argent n'a apporté que de la misère.
to make sb's life a misery → rendre la vie de qn impossible
(= pain) → souffrances fpl
to put sb out of their misery (= satisfy curiosity) → mettre fin au supplice de qn
to put an animal out of its misery → achever un animal
(= wretchedness) → misère f
to be a misery [person] → être un or une rabat-joie
She's a real misery → C'est une vraie rabat-joie.misery guts nrabat-joie m inv or f inv

misery

n
(= sadness)Kummer m, → Trauer f; she looked the picture of miserysie war ein Bild des Jammers
(= suffering)Qualen pl; (= wretchedness)Elend nt; the misery caused by wardas Elend des Krieges; a life of miseryein erbärmliches or jämmerliches or elendes Leben; to make somebody’s life a miseryjdm das Leben zur Qual or zur Hölle machen; to put an animal out of its miseryein Tier von seinen Qualen erlösen; to put somebody out of his misery (fig)jdn nicht länger auf die Folter spannen
(Brit inf: = person) → Miesepeter m (inf)

misery

[ˈmɪzərɪ] n (unhappiness) → tristezza; (pain) → sofferenza, tormento, dolore m; (wretchedness) → miseria (fam) (person) → lagna
to put an animal out of its misery → uccidere un animale (per non farlo soffrire più)
to put sb out of his misery (fig) → mettere fine alle sofferenze di qn
to make sb's life a misery → rovinare la vita a qn

misery

(ˈmizəri) plural ˈmiseries noun
(something that causes) unhappiness. the misery of the fatherless children; Forget your miseries and come out with me!

misery

بُؤسٌ sklíčenost elendighed Elend δυστυχία sufrimiento kurjuus misère bijeda miseria 惨めさ 비참 ellende elendighet niedola miséria несчастье elände ความทุกข์ยาก sefalet sự khốn khổ 痛苦

misery

n. sufrimiento, pena; desesperación; miseria.

misery

n miseria
References in classic literature ?
Jo read it thankfully, but the heavy weight did not seem lifted off her heart, and her face was so full of misery that Laurie asked quickly, "What is it?
In his hour of misery the young merchant had returned to the farm where he had lived through boyhood and where there was another human being to whom he felt he could explain himself.
This sound brought an answer from the bed-- a long complaining cry--as if Pavel were having bad dreams or were waking to some old misery.
He seemed extremely unhappy; but when she took his arm and walked away with him, seeking a retired corner, a ray of hope mingled with the almost comical misery of his expression.
As the thoughts of those who are in misery seldom slumber, and the invention is never more lively than when it is stimulated by hope, however feeble and remote, he had even imagined that the parental feelings of Munro were to be made instrumental in seducing him from his duty to the king.
To delay longer would be only to lengthen out her misery.
The days of the far-off future would toil onward, still with the same burden for her to take up, and bear along with her, but never to fling down; for the accumulating days and added years would pile up their misery upon the heap of shame.
This child, to my memory, really lives in a setting of beauty and misery that no words can translate; there was a distinction all his own in every impulse he revealed; never was a small natural creature, to the uninitiated eye all frankness and freedom, a more ingenious, a more extraordinary little gentleman.
Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plungings of the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at last amid the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and there's naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth, Jonah's prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning down to sleep.
if men were more merciful they would shoot us before we came to such misery.
The family, having no idea of this, and no more money to throw away, had nothing to do but give up and submit to one more misery for the rest of their days.
So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to a master,--so long as the failure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence for one of hopeless misery and toil,--so long it is impossible to make anything beautiful or desirable in the best regulated administration of slavery.