miserable

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miserable (comparative miserabler or more miserable, superlative miserablest or most miserable)

  1. In a state of misery: very sad, ill, or poor.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      With some of it on the south and more of it on the north of the great main thoroughfare that connects Aldgate and the East India Docks, St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London.
    • (Can we date this quote?) George Bernard Shaw
      The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure is occupation.
  2. Very bad (at something); unskilled, incompetent.
    He's good at some sports, like tennis, but he's just miserable at football.
  3. wretched; worthless; mean
    a miserable sinner
  4. (obsolete) Causing unhappiness or misery.
    • Shakespeare
      What's more miserable than discontent?
  5. (obsolete) Avaricious; niggardly; miserly.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hooker to this entry?)

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  • Nouns to which "miserable" is often applied: life, condition, state, situation, day, time, creature, person, child, failure, place, world, season, year, week, experience, feeling, work, town, city, wage, job, case, excuse, dog.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin miserabilis.

Adjective[edit]

miserable m, f (masculine and feminine plural miserables)

  1. miserable

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin miserabilis.

Adjective[edit]

miserable m, f (plural miserables)

  1. miserable
  2. poor
  3. greedy, stingy

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