misery

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From Old French miserie (modern: misère), from Latin miseria, from miser.

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misery (countable and uncountable, plural miseries)

  1. 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.
  2. (US and Britain, dialects) A bodily ache or pain.
    • 1868, John Vestal Hadley, Seven Months a Prisoner, page 15:
      [...] and I had a misery in my left breast and shoulder. I was hurt, but knew not how or how much.
  3. Cause of misery; calamity; misfortune.
  4. (Extreme) poverty.
  5. (archaic) greed; avarice.

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