- 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.
1578–1579, Ed[mund] Sp[enser], “Prosopopoia. Or Mother Hubberds Tale. [...] Dedicated to the Right Honorable the Ladie Compton and Mountegle”, in Complaints. Containing Sundrie Small Poemes of the Worlds Vanitie. Whereof the Next Page Maketh Mention, London: Imprinted for VVilliam Ponsonbie, dwelling in Paules Churchyard at the signe of the Bishops head, published 1591, OCLC 84758486:
- For miſerie doth braueſt mindes abate, / And make them ſeeke for that they wont to ſcorne, / Of fortune and of hope at once forlorne.
- Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune.
- (extreme) poverty.
- (archaic) greed; avarice
- see Thesaurus:greed
cause of misery, misfortune