miserable

Definitions

  • "May turned away, feeling ashamed and miserable."
    "May turned away, feeling ashamed and miserable."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj miserable contemptibly small in amount "a measly tip","the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief","a paltry wage","almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans"
    • adj miserable characterized by physical misery "a wet miserable weekend","spent a wretched night on the floor"
    • adj miserable of the most contemptible kind "abject cowardice","a low stunt to pull","a low-down sneak","his miserable treatment of his family","You miserable skunk!","a scummy rabble","a scurvy trick"
    • adj miserable deserving or inciting pity "a hapless victim","miserable victims of war","the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy","piteous appeals for help","pitiable homeless children","a pitiful fate","Oh, you poor thing","his poor distorted limbs","a wretched life"
    • adj miserable very unhappy; full of misery "he felt depressed and miserable","a message of hope for suffering humanity","wretched prisoners huddled in stinking cages"
    • adj miserable of very poor quality or condition "deplorable housing conditions in the inner city","woeful treatment of the accused","woeful errors of judgment"
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The Miser and His Gold The Miser and His Gold

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Victor Hugo's Les Miserables contains one of the longest sentences in the French language 823 words without a period.
    • n Miserable A miserable person.
    • Miserable Avaricious; niggardly; miserly.
    • Miserable Causing unhappiness or misery. "What 's more miserable than discontent?"
    • Miserable Very unhappy; wretched; living in misery. "What hopes delude thee, miserable man?"
    • Miserable Worthless; mean; despicable; as, a miserable fellow; a miserable dinner. "Miserable comforters are ye all."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All of the officers in the Confederate army were given copies of Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, to carry with them at all times. Robert E. Lee, among others, believed that the book symbolized their cause. Both revolts were defeated.
    • miserable Unhappy; wretched; hapless.
    • miserable Causing or attended by suffering or unhappiness; distressing; doleful: as, a miserable lot or condition; miserable weather.
    • miserable Manifesting misery; indicative of want or suffering; shocking; pitiable: as, a miserable hut; to be covered with miserable rags; miserable looks.
    • miserable Of wretched character or quality; without value or merit; very poor; mean; worthless: as, a miserable soil; a miserable performer or performance; a miserable subterfuge.
    • miserable Covetous; miserly; niggardly.
    • miserable Compassionate; merciful; commiserating.
    • miserable Synonyms Distressed, forlorn, disconsolate, afflicted, pitiable. See affliction.
    • n miserable An unfortunate, unhappy creature; a wretch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Miserable miz′ėr-a-bl wretched, exceedingly unhappy: causing misery: very poor or mean: worthless: despicable: barren
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Quotations

  • Letitia Elizabeth Landon
    Letitia Elizabeth Landon
    “No thoroughly occupied man was ever yet very miserable.”
  • Francis Bacon
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    “Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “'Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes.”
  • George Herbert
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    “Never was a miser a brave soul.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
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    “The spendthrift robs his heirs the miser robs himself.”
  • Gertrude Stein
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    “Oh, I wish I were a miser; being a miser must be so occupying.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. misérable, L. miserabilis, fr. miserari, to lament, pity, fr. miser, wretched. See Miser
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. miserabilismiser.

Usage

In literature:

Very rich, and very miserly.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
Miserable man whose love rises by degrees upon the frigid morning of his mind!
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
I am miserable about my son.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
There was once a fisherman who lived with his wife in a miserable little hovel close to the sea.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
As for the rest, Boodle's is all we can promise; miserable consolation for the bow-window.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Captain Wolf was also a miser.
"Pocket Island" by Charles Clark Munn
The complaining, unpleasant grouch is like a bear with a toothache, miserable himself and spreading misery all around.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
A very miserable man was Roger Acton now, for this last trial was the worst of all.
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
How tenderly sustaining in those very moments, when without him I must have found myself so utterly miserable!
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
We have the least need for it, and it is a miserable dose to take.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
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In poetry:

Oft from the stream, slow-wandering down the glade,
Pensive I hear the nuptial peal rebound:
"Some miser weds," I cry, "the captive maid,
And some fond lover sickens at the sound."
"Elegy IX. He Describes His Disinterestedness to a Friend" by William Shenstone
To get some pounds, and thy good name abuse —
To get, thro' loss of fame, mere dung and dross —
To get much wealth, and thy salvation lose,
Is wretched gain, and miserable loss.
"A Warning Against Oppression, And A Recommendation Of Restitution " by Rees Prichard
Scarce has the sun seven annual courses roll'd,
Scarce shown the whole that Fortune can supply,
Since, not the miser so caress'd his gold,
As I, for what it gave, was heard to sigh.
"Elegy XI. He Complains How Soon the Pleasing Novelty of Life Is Over" by William Shenstone
Another, as he fled in haste,
The youth's defender then embrac'd
With such a deadly clasp;
The villain fell, and in the strife
Groan'd out his miserable life,
In horror's speechless gasp.
"The Grateful Snake" by William Hayley
Then here's to the wrinkled old miser, our friend;
May he send us his bills to the century's end,
And lend us the moments no sorrow alloys,
Till he squares his account with the last of "The Boys."
"Our Banker" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Let Soldiers talk of wars, and battles fought —
Let Sailors talk of wealth from India brought —
Let Misers talk of chests with gold well stor'd —
But let the Christian's talk be of the Lord.
"Christ Is All In All" by Rees Prichard

In news:

'Les Miserables' star talks about their relationship today.
One month, one miserable month wiped out almost everything Manny Acta did for three years.
A-roads shut, trains crawling to the next station and the AA gearing up to service 15,000 breakdowns on a miserable day in the UK, with almost 200 flood warnings and more rain on the way.
Lincoln,' 'Les Miserables' and 'Argo' among the contenders.
Monday night should have been one of the happiest nights of Anne Hathaway's professional career as her beloved Les Miserables was premiering in New York City, the musical's home for almost two decades.
Actress Anne Hathaway attends the premiere for'Les Miserables' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday in New York.
Anne Hathaway's bondage boots caught our eye the minute she stepped on the red carpet at last night's Les Miserables movie premiere in New York.
Anne Hathaway arrives at the "Les Miserables" New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on December 10, 2012 in New York City.
Anne Hathaway looked anything but miserable on Monday when she posed for photographers before filming an interview with talk show host David Letterman.
The film version of Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer's Tony and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Les Miserables will be released in theatres on Dec 25.
"Les Miserables," Lauer alluded to an incident Monday when Hathaway climbed out of a limo at the New York premiere wearing a revealing Tom Ford dress -- and no underwear.
Monday night should have been one of the happiest nights of Anne Hathaway 's professional career as her beloved Les Miserables was premiering in New York City, the musical's home for almost two decades.
If Consumers Are Happy, Why Is Business So Miserable.
Us, Cardinals fans are in mourning today as we watched them take a series lead and lose it miserably, ending our pain last night.
Safari for iPad has a "pretty miserable" user experience and browsers for Android tablets are even worse, according to Mozilla developers working on an iPad browser of their own, called Junior.
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In science:

An attempt to fit it with Eq. (1) is shown in Fig. (5): it is a miserable failure.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
FOAM employs combinations of two MC techniques: importance and stratified sampling known from older programs oriented for these tasks VEGAS and MISER .
Upgrade of the Cellular General Purpose Monte Carlo Tool FOAM to version 2.06
Once again, we see that the minimal exponent q = 0 produces miserable results, but the largest eigenvalues are quite accurate even for q = 1.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
However, the reverse implication (and hence Theorem 1) fails miserably for subgroups in general.
Kesten's theorem for Invariant Random Subgroups
This has miserable ultraviolet behavior, being completely undamped as k → ∞.
Origins of Mass
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