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Definition of "misery" []

  • The state of suffering and want as a result of physical circumstances or extreme poverty. (noun)
  • Mental or emotional unhappiness or distress: "Our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances” ( Martha Washington). (noun)
  • A cause or source of suffering. (noun)
  • Informal A physical ache or ailment. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "misery" in a sentence
  • "Living in misery is no solution even McCain has moved on. —"
  • "This was very barbarous and inhuman; even an enemy, in misery, is to be pitied and not trampled upon."
  • "And don't rule out that your misery is your girlfriend herself."