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Misery definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MIS'ERY, n. s as z. [L. miseria.]
1. Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind. A man suffers misery from the gout, or from great afflictions, distress, calamity,and other evils. Misery expresses somewhat less than wretchedness.
Misery is as really the fruit of vice reigning in the heart, as tares are the produce of tares sown in the field.
2. Calamity; misfortune; natural evils which are the cause of misery.
And mourn the miseries of human life.
3. Covetousness. [Not used.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune; "the misery and wretchedness of those slums is intolerable" [syn: misery, wretchedness, miserableness]
2: a feeling of intense unhappiness; "she was exhausted by her misery and grief"

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -eries) Date: 14th century 1. a state of suffering and want that is the result of poverty or affliction 2. a circumstance, thing, or place that causes suffering or discomfort 3. a state of great unhappiness and emotional distress Synonyms: see distress

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 a wretched state of mind, or of outward circumstances. 2 a thing causing this. 3 colloq. a constantly depressed or discontented person. 4 = MIS Usage: RE. Phrases and idioms: put out of its etc. misery 1 release (a person, animal, etc.) from suffering or suspense. 2 kill (an animal in pain). Etymology: ME f. OF misere or L miseria (as MISER)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Misery Mi"ser*y, n.; pl. Miseries. [OE. miserie, L. miseria, fr. miser wretched: cf. F. mis[`e]re, OF. also, miserie.] 1. Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe. --Chaucer. Destruction and misery are in their ways. --Rom. iii. 16. 2. Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune. When we our betters see bearing our woes, We scarcely think our miseries our foes. --Shak. 3. Covetousness; niggardliness; avarice. [Obs.] Syn: Wretchedness; torture; agony; torment; anguish; distress; calamity; misfortune.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(miseries) 1. Misery is great unhappiness. All that money brought nothing but sadness and misery and tragedy. ...the miseries of his youth. N-VAR 2. Misery is the way of life and unpleasant living conditions of people who are very poor. A tiny, educated elite profited from the misery of their two million fellow countrymen. 3. If someone makes your life a misery, they behave in an unpleasant way towards you over a period of time and make you very unhappy. ...the gangs of kids who make our lives a misery. PHRASE: V and life inflect 4. If you put someone out of their misery, you tell them something that they are very anxious to know. (INFORMAL) Please put me out of my misery. How do you do it? PHRASE: V inflects 5. If you put an animal out of its misery, you kill it because it is sick or injured and cannot be cured or healed. = put down PHRASE: V inflects

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Distress, wretchedness, woe, tribulation, desolation, sorrow, grief, affliction, heartache, heavy heart, bleeding heart, broken heart, great unhappiness, suffering, anguish, torment. 2. Distress, suffering, wretchedness, agony, torture, torment, anguish. 3. Calamity, misfortune, disaster, evil.

Moby Thesaurus

Cassandra, Schmerz, ache, aches and pains, aching heart, adversity, affliction, agony, agony of mind, angst, anguish, anxiety, bale, bitterness, bleeding heart, broken heart, burden, calamity, care, carking care, catastrophe, cheerlessness, crushing, curse, cynic, dampener, damper, dejection, depression, depth of misery, desolation, despair, desperation, despondency, destitution, disaster, discomfort, discontent, displeasure, distress, dolor, extremity, gloom, gloomy Gus, grief, grimness, grouch, grump, hardship, heartache, heartfelt grief, heartgrief, heavy heart, humorlessness, hurt, hurting, indigence, infelicity, infestivity, joylessness, killjoy, lamentation, languishment, malaise, malcontent, melancholia, melancholy, mirthlessness, misfortune, ordeal, pain, pang, passion, penury, pessimist, pining, poverty, privation, prophet of doom, prostration, sadness, sordidness, sorrow, sorrowing, sourpuss, spoilsport, squalor, stitch, suffering, suicidal despair, throe, trial, tribulation, trouble, twinge, uncheerfulness, unhappiness, unjoyfulness, unmirthfulness, wet blanket, woe, wretchedness


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