What does misery mean?

Definitions for misery
ˈmɪz ə rimis·e·ry

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word misery.

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.

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. Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle:

    If the misery of our poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Our happiness or misery depends upon our perception, not on the situation.

  3. Phil Robertson:

    The Covid-19 pandemic has only intensified the misery of the Rohingya confined in Myanmar and in camps in Bangladesh, the Malaysian government can both protect against the spread of the virus and ensure that those risking their lives at sea are rescued and given a chance to seek asylum.

  4. June Jordan:

    Our children will not survive our habits of thinking, our failures of the spirit, our wreck of the universe into which we bring new life as blithely as we do. Mostly, our children will resemble our own misery and spite and anger, because we give them no choice about it. In the name of motherhood and fatherhood and education and good manners, we threaten and suffocate and bind and ensnare and bribe and trick children into wholesale emulation of our ways.

  5. AiR Atman in Ravi:

    Your Name is only your Identity, not your Reality.Realize this Truth and from Misery, be Free!

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