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miserable

[miz-er-uh-buh l, miz-ruh-] /ˈmɪz ər ə bəl, ˈmɪz rə-/
adjective
1.
wretchedly unhappy, uneasy, or uncomfortable:
miserable victims of war.
2.
wretchedly poor; needy.
3.
of wretched character or quality; contemptible:
a miserable villain.
4.
attended with or causing misery:
a miserable existence.
5.
manifesting misery.
6.
worthy of pity; deplorable:
a miserable failure.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin miserābilis, equivalent to miserā() to pity (derivative of miser wretched) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
miserableness, noun
miserably, adverb
quasi-miserable, adjective
quasi-miserably, adverb
Synonyms
1. forlorn, disconsolate, doleful, distressed. See wretched. 2. destitute. 3. despicable, mean, low, abject. 6. pitiable, lamentable.
Antonyms
1. happy. 2. wealthy. 3. good.
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British Dictionary definitions for miserably

miserable

/ˈmɪzərəbəl; ˈmɪzrə-/
adjective
1.
unhappy or depressed; wretched
2.
causing misery, discomfort, etc: a miserable life
3.
contemptible: a miserable villain
4.
sordid or squalid: miserable living conditions
5.
(Scot & Austral, NZ) mean; stingy
6.
(pejorative intensifier): you miserable wretch
Derived Forms
miserableness, noun
miserably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Latin miserābilis worthy of pity, from miserārī to pity, from miser wretched
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Word Origin and History for miserably
adv.

c.1400; see miserable + -ly (2).

miserable

adj.

early 15c., "full of misery, causing wretchedness" (of conditions), from Old French miserable "prone to pity, merciful," and directly from Latin miserabilis "pitiable, miserable, deplorable, lamentable," from miserari "to pity, lament, deplore," from miser "wretched" (see miser). Of persons, "existing in a state of misery" it is attested from 1520s.

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