miserly

Definitions

  • "May turned away, feeling ashamed and miserable."
    "May turned away, feeling ashamed and miserable."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj miserly (used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity "a mean person","he left a miserly tip"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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.
    • a Miserly Like a miser; very covetous; avaricious; stingy; sordid; niggardly.
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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.
    • miserly Like a miser; penurious; sordid; niggardly; parsimonious: as, a miserly person, or a person of miserly habits. Synonyms Parsimonious, Niggardly, etc. See penurious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Miserly excessively covetous: sordid: niggardly
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Quotations

  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.”
  • John Milton
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    “To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
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    “No thoroughly occupied person was ever found really miserable.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”
  • Wayne Dyer
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    “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.”
  • Johnson
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    “To hear complaints is tiresome to the miserable and the happy.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Miser
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. miser, wretched.

Usage

In literature:

But he knew very well how it was: it was a miserable piece of mummery that was played only in spite of him.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
Life would be miserable to him if he could not free himself from that thraldom.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
Poor Belton's miserable state both of body and mind.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
That miserable wretch is full of anxiety and acquireth not regions of bliss hereafter.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
It made me miserable.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
I should be miserable.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
That miserable Mormon place?
"Lippincott's Magazine. Vol. XII, No. 33. December, 1873." by Various
The whole miserable tragedy was written up before her in plain, unmistakable characters.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
She dreaded to be miserable; she had a thirst for happiness, and the heart was, after all, stronger than the head.
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He was miserably conscious that she was looking, looking down on him all the time.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
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In poetry:

All the swains on you attending
Show how much your charms deserve;
But, miser-like, for fear of spending
You amidst your plenty starve.
"Songs Set To Music: 19. Set" by Matthew Prior
Thou hast been coy as any maid,
So lofty, distant, stern and cold,
And guarded from a touch of mine,
As miser guards his precious gold.
"Happiness" by Thomas Frederick Young
From the miser's cursed treasure,
From the drunkard's jest obscene,
From the world, its pomp and pleasure,
Jesus! Master! make us clean!
"Hymn 11. Third Sunday After Epiphany" by Reginald Heber
Driven away from Eden's gate
With biasing falchions fenced about,
Into a desert desolate,
A miserable pair came out,
To meet their fate.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
But Wilhelm loved the field-flowers bright,
With love beyond all measure;
And cull'd them with as keen delight
As misers gather treasure.
"The Child and the Hind" by Thomas Campbell
MENALCAS
You out-pipe him? when had you ever pipe
Wax-welded? in the cross-ways used you not
On grating straw some miserable tune
To mangle?
"Eclogue 3: Menalcas Daemoetas Palaemon" by Publius Vergilius Maro

In news:

Kristen Stewart is Miserable I admit, I am no fan of Kristen Stewart I think she's a terrible actress, and as a fan of the Twilight movies, it's a shame that we movie-goers are subjected to her lack of acting ability.
Lille salvaged some pride from its miserable Champions League campaign by winning 2-0 away to BATE Borisov on Tuesday.
Hyundai's newest doesn't look like miser .
Cream Calendar Weekend Round-Up: Snow Miser Style.
VW's sporty fuel miser will keep you tanked all summer long.
Melissa Miser becomes a member of Ashland University Spanish Club.
Melissa Miser , a political science major and daughter of Joseph W and Darlene S Miser of Cumberland, is a member of the Ashland University Spanish Club.
Knight for the Red Bull Theater's Oct 22 benefit reading of Moliere's The Miser .
Obama had his chance, and failed miserably .
Cause Most Fail Miserably — Survey of the Day.
Police 'failed miserably ' dead reggae star Smiley Culture.
She writes in her New York Times best selling memoir that when she was 14, she was miserable - hungry, injured, hounded and isolated.
Anne Hathaway left drained by 'Les Miserables' role.
This has been one nasty week in east KY. Temps have fallen well below average and the rain was just miserable.
Sterling Heights drugstore robbery fails miserably.
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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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