What does misery mean?

Definitions for misery
ˈmɪz ə rimis·e·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. misery, wretchedness, miserablenessnoun

    a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune

    "the misery and wretchedness of those slums is intolerable"

  2. miserynoun

    a feeling of intense unhappiness

    "she was exhausted by her misery and grief"


  1. miserynoun

    Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe.

    Ever since his wife left him you can see the misery on his face.

  2. miserynoun

    Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune.

  3. miserynoun

    (extreme) poverty

  4. miserynoun

    Covetousness; niggardliness; avarice.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Miserynoun

    Etymology: miseria, Latin; misere, French.

    My heart is drown’d with grief,
    My body round engirt with misery. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Happiness, in its full extent, is the utmost pleasure we are capable of, and misery the utmost pain. John Locke.

    When we our betters see bearing our woes,
    We scarcely think our miseries our foes. William Shakespeare.

    The gods from heav’n survey the fatal strife,
    And mourn the miseries of human life. John Dryden, Æn.

    He look’d upon things precious, as they were
    The common muck o’ th’ world: he covets less
    Than misery itself would give. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    In a fabrick of forty thousand pounds charge, I wish thirty pounds laid out before in an exact model; for a little misery may easily breed some absurdity of greater charge. Henry Wotton.


  1. Misery

    Misery is a song by English horror punk band Creeper. Written by the group's lead vocalist Will Gould and guitarist and backing vocalist Ian Miles, it was produced by Neil Kennedy and featured on the band's 2016 third extended play (EP) The Stranger. A reworked version of the song was later featured on the band's full-length debut Eternity, in Your Arms and released as a music video, and a third version was later issued as a single on 9 June 2017.


  1. misery

    Misery refers to a state of extreme unhappiness, sorrow, or suffering. It is characterized by feelings of deep distress, anguish, or despair. Misery can occur due to various factors such as personal circumstances, physical or emotional pain, loss, or failed expectations. It often involves a prolonged and profound sense of hopelessness, helplessness, or dissatisfaction with one's life or situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Miserynoun

    great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe

  2. Miserynoun

    cause of misery; calamity; misfortune

  3. Miserynoun

    covetousness; niggardliness; avarice


  1. Misery

    Misery is a psychological thriller novel by Stephen King. The novel was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1988, and was later made into a Hollywood film and an off-Broadway play of the same name.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Misery

    miz′ėr-i, n. wretchedness: great unhappiness: extreme pain of body or of mind: a cause of pain or sorrow: (Shak.) avarice. [O. Fr.,—L. miseria.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'misery' in Nouns Frequency: #2507

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of misery in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of misery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of misery in a Sentence

  1. Erica Jong:

    Friends LOVE misery, in fact. Sometimes, especially if we are too luck or too successful or too pretty, our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.

  2. C. S. Lewis:

    Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.

  3. Luigi Pirandello:

    It is misery, you know, unspeakable misery for the man who lives alone and who detests sordid, casual affairs; not old enough to do without women, but not young enough to be able to go and look for one without shame!

  4. Manuel Valls:

    We have to look at all the divisions, the tensions that have been going on for years ... the neglect of the suburbs, the ghettos, the social misery.

  5. Kenneth Cook:

    One of the guards taught me what being a man was all about, he talked about growing up, about using the positive people in your life and trying to discard the negative people. Misery loves company, and a lot of the guys I grew up with were just that -- misery. Criminal acts were all they knew.

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