misery

Definitions

  • Misery of the Peasantry——543
    Misery of the Peasantry——543
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n misery a feeling of intense unhappiness "she was exhausted by her misery and grief"
    • n misery a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune "the misery and wretchedness of those slums is intolerable"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"MY MISERY IS DEEP BUT I AM BUOYED UP BY ONE GREAT HOPE" "MY MISERY IS DEEP BUT I AM BUOYED UP BY ONE GREAT HOPE"
THE MISERIES OF A VERY AMATEUR GOLFER THE MISERIES OF A VERY AMATEUR GOLFER
"Canal Miseries." "Canal Miseries."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Misery Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune. "When we our betters see bearing our woes,
      We scarcely think our miseries our foes."
    • Misery Covetousness; niggardliness; avarice.
    • Misery Great unhappiness; extreme pain of body or mind; wretchedness; distress; woe. "Destruction and misery are in their ways."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n misery A state of grievous affliction or unhappiness; mental or physical suffering; wretchedness.
    • n misery Any afflictive or depressed condition; want of the means of livelihood; destitution: as, the burning of the factory caused much misery among the poor.
    • n misery A seated pain or ache; an acute local ailment: as, to have a misery in the teeth, or a misery in the side or back.
    • n misery That which makes miserable; a cause or source of affliction; misfortune; calamity: generally in the plural.
    • n misery Miserliness; penuriousness.
    • n misery Synonyms Affliction, Grief, Sorrow, etc. See affliction.
    • n misery See misére.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Misery miz′ėr-i wretchedness: great unhappiness: extreme pain of body or of mind: a cause of pain or sorrow:
    • n Misery miz′ėr-i (Shak.) avarice.
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Quotations

  • Edward Gibbon
    Edward%20Gibbon
    “Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.”
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?”
  • William Cobbett
    William Cobbett
    “Happiness, or misery, is in the mind. It is the mind that lives.”
  • Cesare Pavese
    Cesare%20Pavese
    “One does not kill oneself for love of a woman, but because love -- any love -- reveals us in our nakedness, our misery, our vulnerability, our nothingness.”
  • Dante Alighieri
    Dante%20Alighieri
    “There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.”

Idioms

Misery guts - A misery guts is a person who's always unhappy and tries to make others feel negative.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. miserie, L. miseria, fr. miser, wretched: cf. F. misère, OF. also, miserie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. miseria.

Usage

In literature:

His Grace communicated at the same time his misery and his grand views.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
More than once he drew near the edge of the cliff and was tempted to hurl himself down, and so put an end to his misery at once.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
Why, under his rule, such cattle as la Salle and de la Vente would feed fat upon the miseries of the people!
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson
The man's misery, as man's misery always does, came of his greatness.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
God has not only made things beautiful; He has made things happy; whatever misery there is in the world there is no denying that.
"Daily Thoughts selected from the writings of Charles Kingsley by his wife" by Charles Kingsley
Nicholas must in the end perceive our misery, and lighten our burdens.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
The runaway was chained to the whipping post, and I was full of misery when I see the lash cutting deep into that boy's skin.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
He had caught sight of Teddy's eyes fixed on his in mingled misery and terror, and the sight unmanned him.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
Ah, the misery, the misery as springs from the cursed drink!
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
Could the young but conceive a tithe of the misery I endured, they would never after swerve from the truth.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
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In poetry:

"These are the wounds for you I bore,
The tokens of my pains,
When I came down to free your souls
From misery and chains.
"Hymn 21" by Isaac Watts
Till by thy towers all overthrown,
Thy daughters, desolate as we,
Each with her shame shall sit alone,
With shame and wild-faced misery!
"The Babylonian Captivity" by Charles Harpur
Which shall it be? an answer oft
From puzzling doubts I've sought to wake;
Must joy, or misery, hence be mine,
Must heart or promise break?
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner
Why will I think of her
To my heart's misery?
Dreaming how sweet it were
Had she a thought of me:
Why will I think of her!
Why, why, ah me!
"Never" by Madison Julius Cawein
Thou knowest, Lord! what I require,
Thou knowest all my heart's desire:
My thoughts, my fears, my misery,
Were never hid, my God! from thee.
"Psalm XXXVIII." by Rees Prichard
To-night I do the bidding of a ghost,
A ghost that knows my misery;
In the lone dark I hear his wailing boast,
"Now shalt thou speak with me."
"The House" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard

In news:

More misery for unlucky Glory.
Many folks in the region are still without power after Sandy's rampage, and now more weather's adding to the misery.
Leveling camps add to Gypsies' misery.
Western influences are to blame for the rise of love-related misery in India: from divorce to murders.
"Shutter Island" Began Jackie Earle Haley's Makeup Misery.
Canadian standup star Jeremy Hotz is bringing his Magical Misery Tour to Winnipeg in the spring, stopping at the Burton Cummings Theatre on Saturday, March 16.
He'll Want To See The Christmas Misery .
A felon's misery in the job search.
Breaking down the eight plays that put New Orleans Saints season out of its misery : Film study.
Benfica maintain Sporting's misery .
Snow adds to Sandy victims' misery .
Put the penny out of its misery .
Greg's Bite: More Windows 8 misery .
Panthers keep Eagles in misery .
Hundreds killed in Pakistan flood misery .
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