AskDefine | Define misery

Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary




From miserie (modern: misère), from miseria, from miser.


  1. Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.
  2. Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune.
  3. Covetousness; niggardliness; avarice.


great unhappiness
  • Croatian: jad
  • Czech: neštěstí
  • Russian: страдание
cause of misery, misfortune

Extensive Definition

Misery is a feeling of great unhappiness, suffering and/or pain.
Misery may also refer to:
misery in German: Misery
misery in French: Misery (homonymie)
misery in Italian: Misery
misery in Dutch: Misery

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