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 (mĭz′ər-ə-bəl, mĭz′rə-)
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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.miserableness - a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortunemiserableness - 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
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This miserableness went on as much as six or seven minutes; but it seemed a sight longer than that.
"The Greeks believed that the gods gave them wine so that they might forget the miserableness of existence.
After leaving the throne to marry Simpson, King Edward VIII told American writer Charles Murphy that he had a "wretched childhood." "Of course there were short periods of happiness but I remember it chiefly for the miserableness," he said.
Here, though, is where the real ugliness and miserableness comes in.
The whole thing was probably 15 minutes of freezing, miserableness."